local: Most New Zealand politicians (at least in public)
development through youth participation: "Youth participation
isn't difficult ...
postive, healthy lives: The Youth Development Strategy
guiding the Ministry ...
out the local action: Youth councils are one way...
means partnership: Participation depends on citizens wanting
to participate - and ...
for Citizenship Education - empowering citizens: The Ladder
of Citizenship Participation ...
the aspirations of Pacific peoples: The Ministry of Pacific
Island Affairs exists to ...
migrants up to succeed: Experienced senior New Zealand government
officials look forward to the day ...
defines citizenship: National Party leader Bill English says
"we have come up with the notion ...
Youth development through
isn’t difficult,” asserts Anne Carter, Chief Executive of
the Ministry of Youth Affairs. “All it takes is the will to make
Anne says we can all contribute to the positive development of young people
by creating opportunities for them to influence, inform, shape, design,
and contribute to, an idea or activity. “Getting people and organisations
enthused about and committed to youth development is Youth Affairs’
Being involved in decision-making and learning by doing allows young people
to positively contribute to communities. Opportunities to partner with
adults on real issues shows young people that they, and their skills,
ideas and views, are valued. Their contribution also helps ensure that
policies, services and programmes meet their needs. Adults as well as
young people can gain new skills and experience through youth participation.
Keepin' it real
To help government agencies
and community-based organisations involve young people, Youth Affairs
has produced Keepin’ it real. This is a how-to guide to youth participation,
particularly in decision-making.
“ We developed Keepin’ it real for organisations who want
to start or increase youth participation,” says Anne. “It’s
an easy-to-read guide with practical examples, and is suitable for a wide
range of audiences.”
This youth participation guide stems from the Youth Development Strategy
Aotearoa, which was launched by the Minister of Youth Affairs in February
2002 as New Zealand’s first comprehensive youth strategy. It was
developed as a policy platform for government so that initiatives and
programmes that work with and for young people are shaped with youth development
Anne affirms that the Strategy is government’s pledge to young women
and men aged 12 to 24 years inclusive that it will support them to develop
the skills and attitudes they need to take part positively in society,
now and in the future.
Youth development is about
young people gaining a:
- sense of contributing
something of value to society
- feeling of connection
to others and to society
- belief that they have
choices about their future
- feeling of being positive
and comfortable with their own identity.
It’s about building
strong connections and active involvement in all areas of life including:
- family and whänau
- schools, training institutions
- communities (e.g. sports,
church and cultural groups)
It’s also about young
people being involved and having a say in decisions that affect them,
their family, their community and their country, and putting into practice
and reviewing those decisions.
“ The Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa holds real promise for
young New Zealanders, and Youth Affairs has a great role in leading its
implementation," Anne says. “Our ongoing policy work and new
initiatives will help advance the youth development approach to government
decision-making and service delivery. When all of government implements
youth development we will start to see real gains in well-being for the
young people of Aotearoa.”