Survey to Create Renewed Vision for Youth

After eight years of serving young people of the district, the Waimakariri Youth Development Strategy 2010 is about to undergo a review.

Council first adopted the Youth Development Strategy in 2010 following widespread consultation with young people, the community and others involved with youth development around New Zealand.

Its vision was to create a community where all young people felt connected, encouraged and proud to be from North Canterbury. From the strategy came the role of a Youth Development Coordinator for the district, and the formation of a new youth action group called WaiYouth, which focuses on youth-led, strengths based leadership development. Both of which are still going strong today.

Councillor and Youth Council Representative Dan Gordon says “While the strategy has served the district well up to now and some excellent initiatives have been implemented, it’s important that youth development continues to move forward and evolve with the right goals for a new generation of young people.”

“We’re really looking forward to working with young people and listening to their ideas around how we can make Waimakariri an even better place for youth.” says Councillor Gordon.

A large component of the review involves an online survey which seeks to gain feedback in a number of areas, including how connected young people feel with the community, how they access information and support, which facilities they make the most of, what they perceive to be the big issues facing young people and much more.

Youth Development Facilitator Sam Redman says “This is a pretty important process and document for the future of youth development in the Waimakariri. We really want it to be effective, engaging and relevant for young people, and encourage them to jump online to tell us what they think.”

The Youth Development Strategy 2018 will make recommendations for positive youth development activities within the district. The survey is open from today until Saturday 30 June.

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Contact: Sam Redman

Phone: 0800 965 468