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SNAPSHOTS - Positive Youth Development Models

  • Lion Harbour 2 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.

The creation of co-creation

Here at YES we are passionate about being the only fully inclusive youth focused disability information centre in New Zealand, with all of our services, projects and workshops being co-created, co-designed and co-delivered with young people of different abilities.

With that in mind and sticking true to the process, this presentation has been co-created and will be co-delivered with a young person. Sharing two different perspectives to our co-creation story gives a unique interactive first-hand insight on the ripple effects within our service, the community, wider sectors and on the young people involved. Keeping it transparent we will be sharing all the challenges, learnings and outcomes we have experienced. Our presentation will also include an overview of our projects, a slide show, and an interactive icebreaker. Handouts will include Journey Stones, a unique way to encourage storytelling and refection.

Jamie Masters

John Nuuausala

YES Disability Resource Centre

Community insights research: a deep dive to discover what really matters

YWCA Auckland is committed to understanding the challenges facing women, particularly Auckland based young women, so that we can design our services to best meet their needs.

Our presentation will validate the method and benefits of community insights research as both a relevant data gathering method and a way of deep diving with our communities to connect with and understand their needs. The presentation will also provide the ongoing trends and emerging issues that our research

Using youth development and youth participation approaches we train young women and program volunteers to go into their own communities to conduct the interviews. Further to this we use the "Better by Design" approach to "unpack" each interview to fully understand the underlying stories and themes that emerge. It provides an opportunity for young women to be involved in influencing, shaping, and further developing our services to meet their own community needs through our organisation.

Lora Waqabitu

Erica Finnie

YWCA Auckland

The big picture: Rainbow* young people and wellbeing in Aotearoa

Rainbow young people are incredibly resilient, brave and community minded. Despite this, they remain over-represented in negative wellbeing statistics. We will explore an overview of where we're at now, where we want to get to, and how the youth sector, government and rainbow* community need to work together to enable rainbow* young people to thrive in Aotearoa.

*We are using the term rainbow to describe people who do not identify as heterosexual, do not fit typical gender norms, and/or were born with bodies that do not match common biological definitions of male or female.

Frances Arns


Exploring Te Whāriki as a model for positive youth development

Since the YDSA was published, youth development work in Aotearoa has focused on the principles of Positive Youth Development. This has involved using theories and ideas that predominately come from an American context and the work of positive psychology. When indigenous models have been incorporated these have come from Native American contexts (the Circle of Courage) and the field of health and psychology here in Aotearoa New Zealand (Te Whare Tapa Wha) and in the Pacific (eg Folofale). This presentation describes a model of education and child development that has been used in Early Childhood Education, Te Whariki, and shows how it can be used as a strengths-based PYD model.

Fiona Beals