MAKING IT ON MY OWN
by InZone on August 26th, 2016


​​Life-changing scholarship for standout student


InZone student and AGS 6th Former, Toby Laxton-Koroua, was the deserving recipient of an AJ Park scholarship for a Life Skills and Leadership programme during the July school holidays.
 
Run exclusively for teenagers, the four-day Miomo (Making It On My Own) session was run by Miomo founder and director, Yvonne Godfrey. She says the overarching purpose of the programme is to help teens transition into the adult world; they learn about themselves, gain new skills, and they get a fresh vision of their future. Her aim is to make them become “competitive with good character.” She added that Toby was a “standout” student over the four days with his great attitude, ability and “hunger.”
 
In his end-of-programme speech, Toby said that the course had taught him “to be a host in this life not a guest. Before this, I was cruising, and had no direction and no future but now I do. And I learnt that it’s not about where I start, but where I get to.”
 
AJ Park, an intellectual property services company with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Sydney, supports causes that “add back to the community in some way,” says AJ Park partner Colleen Cavanagh. Miomo was a client of theirs, and when they learnt about Yvonne’s amazing work with teenagers, they suggested she nominate someone who would be a good recipient of the scholarship. Yvonne says her long-term goal is to see every InZone student attending a Miomo course.
 
We would like to thank AJ Park wholeheartedly, for their generosity in giving Toby a life-changing experience, at the Miomo programme. It is actions like yours that enable our young people to succeed.


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