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A benchmark for Manukau City

Attention: open in a new window.This Youth Development Model is based on specific desired outcomes. It outlines what will be seen in Manukau if positive youth development practices and processes are alive in the community. To measure the effectiveness of the model it is important to have benchmark statistics that give a picture of where Manukau is now in relation to each outcome.

We have identified some strategies and initiatives, as well as existing services, which are already aligned to some or all of the 8 outcomes. There will be many more.

We welcome your feedback, and your knowledge of other services, strategies and initiatives that we can incorporate into the model, as well as statistics, and areas where there may be gaps, so that we can more accurately measure progress on achieving the specified outcomes.

 

Existing services/strategies/initiatives 
(not including services & programmes offered by Youthline)

Outcome 1. Youth services, groups and clubs will work collaboratively to foster the development of young people.

Existing Strategies and Initiatives:
• Counties Manukau Youth Interagency Project
• Auckland Youth Support Network Group – A collection of central and local government agencies
• Collaboration between territorial authorities and the Ministry of Youth Development through the Youth Development Partnership Fund
• Manukau City Council Youth Policy and Action Plan
• Local Services Mapping
Existing Services:
• Nine services were identified as operating with similar philosophies to this outcome (click here for details of the search)

Outcome 2. Young people are connected with community leaders and projects, and participate in community decisions and processes.

Existing Strategies and Initiatives:
• Provoke
• Aotearoa Youth Voices
• Youth Parliament
• Training workshops run the Ministry of Youth Development on ways to increase youth participation
• The Open Mike Café – a youth-focused project where young people can gain awareness and skills in organising events and running a cafe, and provides an opportunity for creative youth expression in Papakura
• Youth in Local Government Conference 2006
• Youth Council
• Manukau City Council has created a council-wide template detailing youth involvement in all aspects of council activities
Existing Services:
• Two services were identified as operating with similar philosophies to this outcome (click here for details of the search)

Outcome 3. Young people have positive and strengths-based relationships with peers, whanau/family, school, and the wider community.

Existing Strategies and Initiatives:

• The Jones Seven Project - a community-based, out-of-school initiative that aims to guide young people on their journey to adulthood and builds on support networks, including school, home and the wider community. The project allows youth to plan their career and learn different life skills. Youth attend workshops and mentoring sessions which address their social, cultural and personal career aspirations
• Peer support programmes in schools (MacLeans College and Edgewater College have long term programmes)
• Teacher as mentor programmes in schools
• School partnerships with Business/Community mentors (Tangaroa College, and Fletcher Bell Gully, and Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and Ernst & Young)
Existing Services:
• Twelve services were identified as operating with similar philosophies to this outcome (click here for details of the search)

Outcome 4. Young people have positive experiences of being themselves, and being welcomed and accepted as valued members of the community.

Existing Strategies and Initiatives:
• Provoke
• Aotearoa Youth Voices
• Youth Parliament
• Training workshops run the Ministry of Youth Development on ways to increase youth participation
• The Open Mike Café
• Youth in Local Government Conference 2006
• Youth Council
• Manukau City Council has created a council-wide template detailing youth involvement in all aspects of council activities
Existing Services:
• Sixteen services were identified as operating with similar philosophies to this outcome (click here for details of the search)

Outcome 5. Young people have accurate and unbiased information, resources, and support from peers, family/whanau, and significant others to assist their decision-making.

Existing Strategies and Initiatives:
• No strategies or initiatives were found
Existing Services:
• Fifty services were identified as operating with similar philosophies to this outcome (click here for details of the search)

Outcome 6. Young people have a strong sense of self and are connected to their cultural identity.

Existing Strategies and Initiatives:
• Pacific Youth Development Strategy
• Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa
• Youth Health: A Guide to Action
Existing Services:
• Twenty-two services were identified as operating with similar philosophies to this outcome (click here for details of the search)

Outcome 7. Young people are able to express their diverse and holistic needs and have these acknowledged and supported.

Existing Strategies and Initiatives:
• Provoke
• Aotearoa Youth Voices
Existing Services:
• Sixteen services were identified as operating with similar philosophies to this outcome (click here for details of the search)

Outcome 8. Young people have opportunities to develop themselves as leaders of self and others through development pathways.

Existing Strategies and Initiatives:
• COMET Youth Transition Services
• Papakura Youthworks
• Services Academy – a new youth transition initiative being piloted at James Cook High School in Manurewa. The aim of the programme is to help students enter the New Zealand Armed Forces when they leave school.
• StudyLink staff are involved with a programme called Kei a tatou te Ihi (KATTI), which delivers career pathway and goal setting programmes to Mäori youth. A key focus of the programmes is to encourage the involvement of whänau to support children towards achieving their career goals and aspirations.
Existing Services:
• Eleven services were identified as operating with similar philosophies to this outcome (click here for details of the search)

Point 8 Youth Development in Schools

Provide a training resource for schools to foster youth development


Making it Happen: YDSA in Schools (PDF) 

Youth Development Resource for Schools

Presently all the actions in the model are linked to examples of what youthline does to achieve the desired outcomes.

We are aware that there are many youth services in Manukau achieving these outcomes and we would like to promote these through the model. Our hope would be to increase the accessibility of these services for young people and their families.

Collectively as youth services we can demonstrate how we effectively practise youth development in Manukau city.

If you believe your organisation, service or group is carrying out any of the actions in the model please email us at  ydmm@youthline.co.nz and we will connect with you on how you can be involved.