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SNAPSHOTS - Partnering with Youth

  • Lion Harbour 1 Michael Fowler Centre (map)

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu - and beyond!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.

Engaging people on the margins: Collaborating with and for homeless youth

The presentation will share the innovative work happening within Auckland around responding to youth homelessness. Often we hear that young people from marginalised communities are hard to reach, difficult to engage. But what if it is us, the service providers and researchers that are difficult to engage with or hard to reach?

Involving youth in all aspects of homelessness system planning is essential to ensure that the design of the system is informed by young peoples lived experiences and demonstrate that the community values the expressed needs, self-awareness, community knowledge, and unique ideas of youth.

Victoria Hearn


He Ao Kei o Ringa: Principles to guide youth engagement practice ensuring young people are safeguarded

How organisations can work to incorporate and enable youth voice and participation in their organisations.

Liz Hosking

VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai

Youth participation in local council

A youth worker's learning and reflection on how council can create opportunities for young people to feel safe to share their views and ideas to better their community. A glimpse into national strategies, international convention, participation models and challenges of youth engagement with council.

Grace Te Wehinga Gillard


Whangarei Youth Space and the youth-adult partnership model

Youth-Adult Partnerships is a purposeful partnership between young people and adults. This is not only a framework model for supporting reciprocal learning and development between adults and youth, but for promoting engagement, participation and leadership.

This way of working is innovative and, as far as we know, unique in New Zealand. Whangarei Youth Space is purposefully working to embed authentic partnerships with young people at every level of our organisation. This approach brings fresh insights and new ideas, keeps us relevant and ensures that we deliver what young people want and need. It provides genuine learning opportunities for young people and significantly advances pathways for youth development and the transition to adulthood.

We have created an exciting resource to share our learnings with this model to the New Zealand youth sector and are keen to share this kaupapa with the hope other organizations can adopt this to support their mahi.

Ryan Donaldson

Whangarei Youth Space