Prime Minister’s Youth Programme

The Prime Minister's Youth Programme (PMYP) is for young people aged 14 - 17 years old from Auckland who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward or who are showing the potential to do so. For example, young people who have moved away from low levels of offending, truancy or poor academic performance and have made a sustained attempt to make positive life changes.

Prime Minister's Youth Programme Overview

Coca-Cola Career Workshop

Prime Minister's Youth Programme (PMYP) is about acknowledging young people who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward. It also invests in young people's continued personal development. Participants get to experience a number of developmental opportunities and meet inspirational New Zealanders.

Participants take part in a range of different activities designed to further develop life skills and provide a great insight into further education and potential career paths, in the past these have included:

  • Air New Zealand, AMP and Coca-Cola career workshops - to explore possible career paths
  • Piha Surf Life Saving Club - undertaking a water safety model
  • AUT Culinary School experience - focusing on creativity, food preparation, customer service
  • Team New Zealand sailing experience - to increase confidence and skills.

As well as learning new skills, there's still plenty of time for making new friends through team building and gaining new experiences like song writing, dance workshop, rope climbing, sailing and many more. Participants are also mentored for three months to support working towards future goals.

PMYP is an important time to recognise and celebrate this group of young New Zealanders who, despite incredible challenges, are doing very well. This programme is all about investing in them to build capability and resilience so that they can thrive now and into the future.

Prime Minister's Youth Programme 2018 Video Highlights

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All about the Prime Minister's Youth Programme 2018

AUT Culinary Experience

Check out our February 2018 e-newsletter and our Facebook page for a recap on and photos from PMYP 2018!

Experience of Current and Past Participants

Water Safety Module

In 2018, 100 young people are participating in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP). New Zealand Bluelight Incorporated, Greater Than, The Village Community Services Trust, Youthline and YouthTown Incorporated were the key youth-focused organisations that supported the young people during the programme. These organisations are also providing mentoring support to participants for three months after the week-long get-together in January.

Current PMYP participant, Quincy Moka had this to say:

“I went through some rough patches and wanted to make some changes in my life. The Programme has helped me do that. I want to get into the automotive industry and help youth today.”

A previous PMYP participant, Milan Silugga, returned this year as a volunteer for YouthTown to support the programme delivery and we were thrilled to hear how much her involvement in PMYP has supported her in achieving her goals.

“The programme really helped me at school. It made me work harder. It gave me confidence. I’m going to university this year to do Commerce; I want to be an accountant. I have been really influenced by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as a female Prime Minister, to do well when I am older,” she said.