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The Design of the Model

Youthline has been working in the Manukau community for over 36 years. Through internal review and evaluations of the programmes that Youthline offers, a solid base of experience and skills has been developed. This has provided the foundation for the growth of this Youth Development Model for Manukau City.

Firstly, a review of the major acts, strategies and policies was conducted. Extensive consultation of people who work with youth was conducted to establish the major acts, strategies or policy that affected youth within Manukau City. Each document underwent an initial inspection to ensure that the information was based on reliable research before it was included in the review. Documents that were not based on reliable research were not included.

Secondly, internal reviews of Youthline practice were gathered for review. Youthline’s practices are regularly assessed, within the organisation, to ensure that they are aligned with current recommendations for best practice. These reviews have consistently identified areas where Youthline’s practices have lead to positive outcomes for the young people involved.

It was recognised that several of these documents were based on broad consultation with young people. In light of this, a survey was also conducted to ensure that the literature was still accurate and representative of youth within Manukau City. This survey sought to find what youth perceived as the existing areas of strength and need, in relation to young people within the Manukau community. The survey was found to reinforce the identified areas of strength and need for young people within Manukau City.

With this grounding in reliable literature, several key aspects were identified. These were further developed into the strategies and action points of the Youth Development Model for Manukau City. The strategies and action points were then grouped under eight different outcomes.

The draft model was submitted for feedback from three different areas. The model was first presented for cultural feedback. Cultural Feedback was obtained and incorporated from Affirming Works and Te Puni Kokiri. The second area that the model was put forward for feedback was from a representative of the Youth Health sector. Once the feedback from these two areas was understood and incorporated, the model was presented to a group of young people from the Manukau community. This was done to ensure that the Project Team’s interpretation of the youth input was still representative.

One identified limitation in the design of this model is the current narrow involvement of other organisations in the community in developing this model. Although Youthline has a large amount of experience with young people, there are several other organisations that deal with the young people of Manukau City. The experiences of these organisations have not yet been included in the model. However, the implementation of the model has been designed with this limitation in mind. The model has been designed to be sufficient enough to stand on its own, but at the same time be concise enough to incorporate feedback from the community. With continued feedback from people that work with the youth of Manukau City, this limitation will cease to exist, and the community will have a powerful resource to help support and promote the development of its young people.

This model has been developed from robust documents and identified good practice from Youthline’s extensive experience working with young people. At each stage of development there has been feedback from young people within Manukau City that supports the model. This model represents the beginning of a collaborative, community-driven approach to support young people within Manukau City.