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Upcoming webinar: Strengthening youth voice and leadership through the Youth Plan refresh

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Strengthening youth voice and leadership image

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi – and the Child Wellbeing and Poverty Reduction Group are hosting a joint webinar on Monday 18 September from 12.00pm-1.00pm.

Minister for Youth Hon Willow-Jean Prime recently launched the refreshed Youth Plan: Voice, Leadership, Action (Youth Plan) at the INVOLVE 2023 conference in Auckland.

This webinar will share insights from young people who contributed to the refreshed Youth Plan, MYD, and organisations leading some of the initial Youth Plan actions, including Ara Taiohi and The Hive.

The webinar will include a Q&A session where audience members can submit questions. It will be of interest to a wide group, including public servants from central and local government, iwi, NGOs, philanthropic organisations, academics and analysts, particularly those involved in supporting child and youth wellbeing.

Join us and register for this webinar here.

More about the refreshed Youth Plan

The Youth Plan aims to ensure young people can input into decision-making and action on the issues that matter most to them. It is a key driver of outcome area six of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy – Children and Young People are Involved and Empowered.

The Youth Plan has two focus areas: Voice and Leadership. MYD engaged with over 1,400 young people across the motu to find out what youth voice and leadership meant to them which helped to define the two focus areas.

The Youth Plan targets action for all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 to 24 with a particular focus on seven priority cohorts:

  • rangatahi Māori
  • Pacific young people
  • rainbow young people
  • disabled young people
  • young women
  • young people from ethnic communities (in particular, former refugees and recent migrants)
  • young people living in the regions.

The refreshed Youth Plan is made up of three interconnected documents.

  1. Youth Plan Strategic Framework sets out the purpose and long-term strategic aims of the plan.
  2. Rolling Suite of Actions outlines specific actions government, organisations, and communities will take to support the aims and outcomes of the Youth Plan.
  3. Measurement Framework assesses the Youth Plan’s impact and can be used to support the development of new actions.

English and Te Reo Māori versions and alternative accessible formats (NZSL, audio, large print, easy-read, and braille) of the refreshed Youth Plan are available on MYD’s website.

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