New Zealanders who helped develop the strategy said it must be bigger than government.
Three-quarters of New Zealanders agree that everyone has responsibility to care for children and young people in their community. In fact, most people already support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families every day in their homes, their work and their neighbourhoods.
One way of thinking about the diﬀerent roles and responsibilities for children and young people is the ‘ecological’ model presented here. It shows the diﬀerent levels of social inﬂuences around a child (adapted from Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory).
When implementing the Strategy, we need to draw on the knowledge, insights and interest of children and families, local government, iwi, non-governmental organisations, business and community sectors and learn from successful community-led initiatives.
The Strategy can also guide those working with children and young people about what they want and need to live a good life and where greater focus is needed.
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Read about some of the innovative community-led projects and activities from around New Zealand.
- Mindfulness programmes are helping children and young people improve their focus and attention, develop increased calm and resilience, conflict resolution and positive relationship skills, including empathy, forgiveness and honest communication
WELLfed transforming lives through foodA Porirua programme is using food and cooking education to create social change and empowerment – transforming lives through food.
Young people call for courageous conversationsA recent Youth Diversity Forum held in Ōtautahi Christchurch generated robust discussion, ideas and solutions for the future of race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Parenting programme creates ripple effect in communitiesThe Real Talk parenting programme, run by Wesley Community Action, is helping parents to take the best of what they had growing up and build on it. They also reflect on the negatives from their upbringing and make a conscious decision to parent more positively.
Connecting kids to their local habitatOver one hundred children from neighbouring schools in Waikato got together to help restore habitat near Lake Whangape, as part of the recent Conservation Week. Check out a range of hands-on, fun ways to get young people learning about and connecting to nature. Find out more
Bringing fresh ideas and energy to community leadershipMore and more young people are involved in Youth Councils, bringing new energy and ideas, and a unique perspective as to how best to tackle challenges and opportunities.
Councils put young people at the heart of their citiesCouncils have an important role in helping create positive change for children and young people. Two examples of councils who have already adopted their own strategic plans focussed on young people in their regions are Porirua and Auckland.
Young people helping young peopleYouth development organisation, Challenge 2000, is giving young people the opportunity to serve and be an active part of the community. As well as responding to the needs of the community, the organisation also delivers programmes that challenge the advantaged and that promote social justice and responsibility.
Jack jumps into the deep-endA council, training organisation and college partnership is helping a young man with disabilities gain real-world experience and develop skills and confidence ahead of entering the job market.