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SNAPSHOTS - Youth Led Change

  • Frank Taplin 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.


We feel targeted because we are BLACK

This presentation is a follow up around an initiative I ran through my local youth centre around breaking barriers between young people and the local police. It discusses a certain process which I followed to ensure this problem could be looked into. Young individuals from our community felt as if they were being targeted by police due to their race. This presentation is at heart of our community as relationships between authorities and youth were very rocky, and crime rates and substance abuse had reached an all time high. Young people became prime suspects for police which led, a lot of the time, to these young people being stopped, asked questions and abused by police officers for no reason. The core of this presentation was built on the neglect and oppressive behaviours towards young people of refugee or migrant backgrounds.

Mahad Yusuf

The Umma Trust


Empower Youth: Addressing the underrepresentation of refugee youth in higher education

The presentation will highlight the issues around the inaccessibility of higher education opportunities for refugees and the series of steps Empower Youth takes to address these issues through their mentoring programme and workshops. Additionally it will illustrate how refugees in the programme have developed professionally and personally.

The presentation will address how the founder and CEO of Empower Youth has faced challenges within New Zealand's education system as a refugee and despite these challenges has persevered and achieved the award for Young New Zealander of the Year 2017, and has established a charity organisation, Empower Youth, that addresses the under-representation of refugees in higher education in New Zealand.

Grace Bennett

Empower Youth


From Abroad to Aotearoa: Youth work with former refugees

Our presentation will give a snapshot into the work the Resettlement Youth Workers have been doing over the past 12 months with newly arrived former refugees across the country - from Auckland to Nelson. This includes the one-on-one time we spend with young people, connecting them with extra-curricular activities and service providers to meet their needs, as well as the group orientation events where they are given the opportunity to have fun, showcase their skills in talent shows and socialise with other youth.

As each young person differs and each geographical location has its own unique challenges, the snapshot will showcase the wide variety of work being done across Aotearoa. Underpinning the diversity of the work is a framework designed by the youth workers, all of whom are from refugee backgrounds themselves, which adapts pre-existing frameworks such as Te Ware Tapa Wha to meet the needs of former refugee youth.

Samrit Rai

Bilal Nasir

New Zealand Red Cross


Taking a stand against family violence: Supporting youth to become champions of change

Shine has a vision of safer homes in New Zealand for everyone, every day. As part of this vision the Shine in School programme takes a youth led, community mobilisation approach to work towards shifting attitudes from acceptance of family violence as inevitable, towards attitudes of seeing family violence as a preventable social issue. Alongside classroom lessons, we offer champion training which helps young people to develop skills to lead social actions, support their peers to have healthy relationships and remain safe at home. We apply a tailored, youth-centered approach so youth are further enabled to affect social change amongst their peers and wider community in a manner that they believe will benefit their community the most. Shine in School is founded upon the principles that young people have the capacity to inspire widespread generational and societal changes which will address, reduce and prevent family violence, at present and in the future.

Shelley Hirst

Kieran Simmons

Shine