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SNAPSHOTS - Reflecting on Practice

  • 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.

Aotearoa Youth Workers: What influences our 'professional identity' 

The presentation will cover the key findings to my Masters research, which asked 'How do Ara Taiohi professional association founding members perceive their professional identity as youth workers?'.

The presentation aims to raise awareness around the importance of self-care for youth workers, create a talking point of what are we actually doing for self-care, and consider whether these actions are actually healthy options.

Natalie Sargent


Whakapiri - Whakamarama - Whakamana: A reflective framework for connection, participation and change

This presentation leverages the lessons learnt in similar fields to advocate for the benefits of reflective practice in youth work. It proposes the use of a model developed in Aotearoa in order to ensure intentional practice and authentic participation - Whakapiri-Whakamarama-Whakamana. The model is introduced as a framework for reflection - both in the moment and post-session.

The presentation explores opportunities to use this model to measure the effectiveness of our practice to support connection and empowerment of taiohi (young people) in Aotearoa and meet the wero we all face in aligning to the principles of the Youth Development Strategy of Aotearoa - and, in doing so, act as effective, ethical practitioners.

Nicola A Hurst

Karen Hicks
(in absentia)

Unitec and the HZDBC

What does it take to be great? Informally educated youth workers in the newly professionalised sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

How can experienced, informally trained youth workers inform the sector? In capturing these youth workers' stories and knowledge, it may help to guide the youth work sector, the association and educational institutes into a newly professionalised era. The youth workers' professional association, Korowai Tupu, was formed recently with the aim of defining a competency base and creating theory and practice frameworks that support quality youth work. Therefore, the experiences of informally educated practitioners at this pivotal point in the history of the profession in Aotearoa New Zealand will provide valuable qualitative findings for the development of the profession. It will also provide the educational institutes with evidence to guide the youth development curriculum to prepare and support youth workers for their practice.

Amanda Louise Hay


How do we know it's youth development? An evaluation study using the Five C's model of positive youth development. 

This presentation will provide an overview of an evaluation study of a national school-based youth development programme for 11 - 13 year olds undertaken by Unitec Institute of Technology. The research looked qualitatively at programme outcomes from the perspectives of a young person, their parent/caregiver and their teacher in six participating schools in the upper North Island.

The Five Cs of positive youth development: confidence, competence, connection, caring and character, and the sixth C of contribution, as identified by Lerner (2004) were used as an analysis framework, as these Cs are seen as indicators that positive youth development is occurring (Phelps et al. 2009).

The presentation will discuss the findings and the ways the Cs were present in the programme. Linking to the conference theme of reflecting back to move forward, the research will invite participants to consider how the Five Cs model may be useful to practice and evaluation.

Jayne Mercier

Jacqueline Hampton