Manawatū Young Chamber
MYC was established in 2017 and launched on 1st March 2018.
Our Mission: To better connect young people & young professionals of the Manawatū to the business community.
Our Vision: To create a more inclusive and youth-friendly business community through positive youth development and authentic youth participation.
Goal 1: Advocate for young people
We aim to represent the voice of youth within the Manawatū, advocating for youth opinions, perspectives, wants, and needs. We will do this by consistently gathering qualitative feedback from young people, through means such as face-to-face conversations and online-surveys.
Goal 2: Enable access for young people
We aim to make opportunities within the business sector more accessible to young people. We will do this by utilising our partnership with the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce. Our aim is to create a business organisation database consisting of chamber members who have different tiers of involvement, ranging from being available as business mentors to meeting young people over coffee, to sponsoring the Young Chamber.
Goal 3: Provide development opportunities for young people
We aim to promote existing training and development opportunities with our Young Chamber members. These could include both personal and professional development opportunities.
Felicia started with the Manawatū Chamber early 2017 as an intern developing the social media strategy with an economic focus. She started her own business, Soul Family, which aims to help Kiwis live more conscious waste-free lifestyles. She also hosts her own podcast, The Florescence Podcast, sharing tips on business, mindset, and lifestyle. Felicia ran the Young Chamber for two years and now sits on the Board as Vice-Chair.
Chairperson and Adviser
Juliana joined the Manawatū Young Chamber in January 2020 as Chair of the Board and in October 2020 became Young Chamber adviser. Juliana moved to New Zealand in 2019 to enrich her academic curriculum and gain international work experience. She fell in love with Palmy and the Manawatū region and has been working to support the community through Volunteering as event manager at Volunteer Central and to create opportunities for youth development as part of the chamber’s team.