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Youth Week 2014 theme is Be the Change – 17th to 25th May 2014

Youth Week is about recognising the amazing contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand.  The week inspires us to value, support, and affirm the diversity of young people in our society. Ultimately we want Aotearoa/ New Zealand to be a country where young people are vibrant and optimistic through being supported and encouraged to take up challenges. The theme for youth week 2014 is 'Be the Change'.

Youth Week 2014 Awards - Nominations Open

Youth Week 2014 Awards have been announced by Minister Kaye on behalf of the Ministry of Youth Development and Ara Taiohi.

These awards recognise and celebrate young people aged between 12 and 24 who have made a significant contribution to their community. They are intended for outstanding young people who are valued as active members of their community.

Nominations for the awards are now open and will close at 9am Monday 28 April.

The Youth Week 2014 Award will be awarded to a number of recipients in each of the following Award categories:

Award recipients will be announced by Minister Kaye during Youth Week held 17-25 May.

We would love for you to share these awards amongst your networks to ensure that we get lots of nominations for deserving young people. Please find below a sample message you can use for Facebook / emails.

For more information click here.

Grants will be available again in early 2014. To get a jump start on the rest of the people applying for grants why not check out our Youth Week 2014 grant guidelines.

Funds For Families Campaign

We are excited to launch Funds for Families 2014 and help New Zealand families change for the better.

With your help, we want to raise $300,000 to help 300,000 young people and families this year. Your donation will enable us talk to even more teenagers about their attitudes to sex, drugs, alcohol and mental health, and it will help us give families tools they can use to build strong foundations.

By supporting The Parenting Place you will help parents with the challenges they are facing today, and that will help change the New Zealand of tomorrow.

Watch our video to learn more, click here

Key Messages

Young people
Be the Change. Lead the way. Embrace diversity and difference. Small actions can make big changes in world. Support your mates and their changes. Grow, challenge yourself, try something different. Create a movement of change.

Champion young people, acknowledge what they contribute. Be supportive of young people’s passion and enthusiasm; give them the tools to take action. Be a positive role model for young people. Embrace diversity.  Celebrate young people’s successes. Be part of a movement of change.

Quotes for 'Be the Change':

“Be the change you want to see in the world” - Gandhi 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

The Youth Week 2014 Media Toolkit is now available here. Find out how to get your Youth week event into the media spotlight!

Find out about events that happened in your local area in 2013.

Download the new Youth Week Logo.
Why not 'like' our page on Facebook?

Life Skills for Young People
Click here for  MSD Workshop Flyer 14-16th April 2014.docx
Click here for Invitation to participate in Life Skills Workshop 14-16th.docx 
Life skills for young people courses from Family Planning would like to extend an invitation for your staff to attend the following workshop: Life Skills for young people-A toolkit for youth and social workers, on April 14th -16th. The programme consists of a three day workshop for staff who currently work with young people. Each day will run from 9:30 -4:30. 

Family Planning has been contracted by the Ministry of Social Development to develop interventions (training and resources) that will support professionals working with vulnerable young people, aged 11 to 18 years. 

Hip Hop Dance Competition 31st April, 1st May
Click here for  Project Registration PackHip Hop dance Competion 2014.pdf
You may know some youth who are talented at dancing!? Please pass this around and check out our website for all details!!

Changes to opening & closing dates of the Community Organisation Grants

Scheme (COGS) and upcoming elections

Opening and Closing Dates
Historically, COGS has been open for submission of applications from 1 June to the last Wednesday of July each year, with decisions about applications announced in October/November.

Dates for the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) are changing.  The 2014 COGS funding round will now open on Wednesday 26 March 2014 and close on Wednesday 14 May 2014, with decisions announced in August.

We are making changes to our business in order to improve the way we process and assess grant applications.  This year, in the first of two phases, we are changing dates and streamlining timeframes.  COGS applications will be processed quicker this year and you will find out about the outcome of your application sooner.  Successful applicants will receive their grants earlier in the year, from August 2014.

Healthy Families NZ 

Encouraging families to live healthy lives by making good food choices, being physically active, sustaining a healthy weight, not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation, is part of the Governments approach to promoting good health. 

Healthy Families NZ (HFNZ) is a new initiative that aims to bring together the right mix of leadership, encouragement, information and resources to help people make healthier choices for themselves and their families. 

Healthy Families NZ Encouraging families to live healthy lives
Healthy Families NZ_summary 03 2014.doc
Healthy_families_nz_-_cabinet_paper_redacted_version 2014.docx 

Ara Taiohi E-update 16 April 2014

Feedback on the Ministry of Social Development's Proposed Health and Disability Longer Term Work Programme. The Ministry of Social Development are now asking you to give feedback on the Ministry of Social Development's Proposed Health and Disability Longer Term Work Programme through a survey on Survey Monkey.?

The French Embassy is calling on young Kiwi's to apply for a Human Rights programme in Paris?
It is open to young people from all over the world aged between 18 and 25, who have a good command of the French language, are active in the field of human rights or intend to pursue a career in this area.?

Youth Collaborative Annual Hui (THIS IS ALREADY IN THE W4Y CALENDAR)?
Date: 9 -11 July, Venue: Christchurch?
In 2014 The Collaborative's annual hui will be bigger and better than ever and will have an expanded format that includes a pre hui 1 day workshop.?

New Zealand's inaugural Teen Parent Support Conference?
Dates: 24-25 September, Venue: Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland?
Thrive are now inviting abstracts and encourage you to take this opportunity to present and discuss your work and your contribution to supporting teen parents.?

World Congress on Juvenile Justice?

Date: 26 - 30 January 2015, Venue: Geneva, Switzerland?

Despite the vast diversity of judicial systems, the similar challenges arise such as detention conditions for children in conflict with the law, the respect of the rights of children in conflict with the law, the efficiency of non-custodial measures, the advantages of restorative juvenile justice, the reform of the juridical system and the effective prevention of youth offending.?

Go to website for more details click here

Ara Taiohi Youth Week resources

It's your last chance to vote for this years Youth Week posters. Voting closes at 9:30am Monday 31 March. You can vote for up to 5 posters here.?

We're also now taking resource orders, we don't know what they will look like yet but you can order them now! Order your Youth Week resources here!?

Lastly go in the draw to win one of two $50 prezzie cards, simply upload your event onto our website. Everyone who uploads their event goes in the draw to win! Click here to visit the website.

Ministry of Health - NGO email for April and nominate a volunteer for the Volunteer Awards!

Highlights in the March update?

Nominations for the Minister's Volunteer Awards close on 17 April! This is a great opportunity to recognise those volunteers who work hard across the health and disability sector.?

Ministry of Health information:
DSS Pricing Forums - May 2014?

The Ministry's Grey Matter (Literature Bulletin) is included, please note that if there's anything in there you can't access, please give me a shout and I'll see what I can do to help.?

Consultation / Surveys:?
Reminder: Submissions period for Alcohol Advertising & Sponsorship Forum closes 28 April?

NGO Information:?
New Zealand's National Volunteer Week: 15 - 21 June 2014?
Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand - March newsletter?

Other Government Departments:
Office for Disability Issues: March Newsletter 
Ministry of Social Development - Community Investment Update - March
Feedback on the Ministry of Social Development's Proposed Health and Disability Longer Term Work Programme until 29 April?Statistics New Zealand - release of 2013 Census data?

Click here to link to the NGO Working Group facebook website.

Making a Difference for Young Adult Patients
This health resource from the UK presents key findings from a national study on health care transitions for young adults with significant, and potentially life-limiting, conditions.   The STEPP project focussed particularly on practice at the 'adult end': the clinics and wards which care for young adults with significant health conditions following their transfer from paediatrics.

Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management
Click here for information on Unitec's Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management, which supports not-for-profit leaders and their organisations in achieving effective quality management and leadership. The programme includes modules delivered in Hamilton.

Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women
This new research paper written by Garth Baker, identifies that engaging boys and men to prevent violence against women can make a difference.  Click here to download.

Benefit Sanctions: creating an invisible underclass of children?
The Child Poverty Action Group's latest research paper shows monitoring systems are lacking and creating confusion over the numbers sanctioned, in particular parents of children.  Click here to download

My Aspirations and Potential (M.A.P) resource
The My Aspirations and Potential (M.A.P) is an ALAC resource about identity, hopes and aspirations. It can help to map out who you want to be and what you need to be that person. It might also help you see what impact alcohol has on this. Click here to download.


New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan

The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 outlines a programme of actions that the Government will implement over the next four years.  It is a cross-government Action Plan bringing together the work of eight agencies.  The Action Plan builds on the previous action plan covering 2008–2012.  Both action plans reflect the goals of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016.  (Click here to view the Action Plan)

The Action Plan includes actions designed to:

NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health Level 4) in Christchurch

NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health Level 4) is being offered in Christcurch. Contact for details of the course and available scholarships.

Visit Mind and Body Learning and Development for more information.

Education/Learning/Training Opportunity, For People with Mental-Health Problems, Information Sharing, Professional Development, Service-User Movement,Christchurch, NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) (Level 4), Peer Support, Training


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