Prime Minister’s Youth Programme
The Prime Minister's Youth Programme 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.
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Prime Minister's Youth Programme 2017 Overview
99 young people participated in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) which took place from 23-27 January. New Zealand Bluelight Limited, The Village Community Services Trust and YouthTown Incorporated are the key youth-focused organisations that supported the young people during the week’s activities. These organisations are available to provide mentoring support to participants for three months afterwards.
This week was about rewarding young people and also investing in their continued personal development. Participants got to experience a range of different activities, access a number of development opportunities, and meet inspirational leaders.
Participants took part in activities designed to develop life skills, including workshops at the Warehouse distribution centre in Wiri and the Cut Above Academy. One group attended the AUT Culinary School Experience, where they were visited by the Minister for Youth. The workshop focused on creativity, food preparation, customer service, and experiencing what employment in the hospitality sector entails. It provided a great insight into further education and potential career paths. Another group attended an AMP Financial Literacy workshop designed to raise awareness and capability in budget management.
As well as learning new skills, there was still plenty of time for making new friends through team building and gaining new experiences like rope climbing, jet boating, sailing and many more. One participant commented “This week has been amazing and has given the opportunity for myself and other young people to have the chance to overcome obstacles, meet new friends, and learn about yourself! I've enjoyed this week so much and I have enjoyed all the people and leaders. I've learnt new life skills and things to help me in the future and I'd like to thank everyone who made this week happen! I really enjoyed it.”
The PMYP also involved a Celebration Dinner where the young people were recognised for their achievements and received their certificates. Paralympic double record-holder and double Gold medal winner, and recent recipient of the Halberg Awards, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award, Liam Malone, was the guest speaker.
The week was 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.
How were young people selected for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2017?
Young people were nominated to attend the programme by those that work with them. This could include a school principal or teacher, youth or social worker, Police Youth Aid officer, or other community members.
Nominations closed on 26 October 2016 at 5pm.
When was the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2017 be held?
The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2017 was held from Monday 23 January to Friday 27 January 2017.
Who can be nominated for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme?
The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme participants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances. The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme is a reward for young people who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward, or who are showing the potential to do so.
Programme participants must:
- be aged 14 - 17 (inclusive)
- live, work or attend school in South, West, Central and parts of East Auckland,
- be available to participate in the programme in January
- not be a previous Prime Minister’s Youth Programme participant.
An ideal candidate for the programme will be a young person who has:
- faced and is managing challenges in their life
- made positive steps, such as moving away from low-level offending, truancy or has made improvements in their academic performance, for a period of time, and will benefit from participating in the programme
Which areas of Auckland are included?
Young people who live, work or attend school in South, West, Central and parts of East Auckland are eligible to be nominated for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme.
The geographic area for eligibility has been worked out by local authority wards, including:
- Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward
- Manukau Ward
- Manurewa-Papakura Ward
- Waitäkere Ward
- Whau Ward
- Waitematä and Gulf Ward
- Maungakiekie Tamaki Ward
Maps outlining these boundaries can be found on the Auckland Council Website
Experience of past participants
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Past participants of the Prime Ministers Youth Programme sharing their goals for the future. These include completing NCEA levels and their career aspirations.
For more information on nominating a young person for the the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0508 367 693