BOTANY DOWNS SECONDARY COLLEGE
Botany Downs Secondary College has 4 youth workers and one Team Leader.
Jackie has been a youth worker at Botany for many years. She is also a librarian's assistant for Auckland Libraries in Pakuranga. She also has her Youth Worker Certificate, Level 3.
Jackie grew up in East Auckland, graduating from Edgewater College in 1999.
Alex has been a youth worker at Botany since November 2019. He has a background in youth worker. Alex is studying this year to complete his Youth Worker National Certificate, Level 3.
Team Leader and Youth Worker
Mike Turinsky has worked as a paid youth worker at Botany since the programme began.
Originally from Alaska, Mike immigrated to New Zealand in 2004 and gained N.Z. citizenship in 2013. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business and Economics from George Fox University. He previously worked in the business world (human resources, management, and finance) before coming to work with Young Life NZ Trust. His experience with youth work goes back 20+ years.
He is married to Jewel Turinsky and and they have two sons, Mattias (16) and Liam (14).
Zhaohui (Joshua) Yang has been a youth worker at Botany since 2019. He has a background in community youth work. He has a Youth Worker National Certificate, Level 3.