Youth Development Programme 2015 W ELLINGTON W ELCOME ! In this information pack you will find all you need to know about the Youth Development Programme run by Youthline Wellington, and an application form to be completed by 5pm Friday 24th April 2015. Who is Youthline? Youthline has been a Counselling Service in Aotearoa New Zealand for over 40 years. Over 80 people are involved in Youthline Wellington— mostly trained volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Youthline supports all young people in their journey regardless of their religion, gender, sexuality, or economic status. We support young people with confidential text, email, and phone counselling. We work closely with other youth services and provide education on life skills and youth issues in schools and the community. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PROGRAMME WHY? To help young people discover more about themselves and gain some key life skills. WHO? The Programme is designed for young men and women aged between 15 and 18 years. It will be run by our experienced Youth Workers. WHERE? We will start off with a camp at Silverstream Retreat in Lower Hutt. The rest of the Programme will be based in central Wellington at Evolve and at Youthline’s offices. Evolve is on Level 2 James Smith Building, Corner Cuba & Manners Streets. Youthline is on Level 3, 148 Cuba St, Wellington. WHEN? There will be an open Information Evening on Wednesday 22nd April where parents, caregivers and participants can drop by between 5.30-7.30pm to meet the facilitators, ask questions and fill out an application form in person. The Info Evening will be at the Youthline office, Level 3, 148 Cuba St, Wellington. The Youth Development Programme will start with its first social session on Wed 29th April, after that we’ll meet at either Evolve on Tuesday (for workshop sessions) or Youthline on Wednesday (for social sessions) until the Graduation in October 2015. WHAT? The programme will focus on issues that are important to young people. It will help to develop confidence, learn about yourself, look at relationships and be role models to others. As a group you will choose which topics to discuss and Youth Workers will plan the sessions around your ideas. You also get to choose two weekend adventure activities such as learning a new skill or going somewhere new. The Programme provides challenges and opportunities for self-reflection, communication, increasing job skills, meeting other likeminded people and developing new friendships. Most importantly, you will get to have input into what we do during the programme and have fun doing it. W HAT WILL WE DO ? We will be using a variety of different methods to run the programme including team building activities, group work, creative expression, learning from inspiring stories and interesting guest speakers. W HO DO I NEED TO WORK WITH ? The programme will involve working with a team of approximately 15-20 other young males and females aged 15-18yrs, and three Youth Workers as well as the Coordinator and Supervisor. W HO IS RUNNING THIS P ROGRAMME ? The course will be run by our experienced Youth Workers who have undergone thorough training around working with young people. There will also be outside guest speakers with specialist knowledge for some activities. This will give you a chance to talk to other organisations and link up with other supports in the community. Several of the youth workers are First Aid trained. H OW OFTEN DO I NEED TO COME ? The entire Programme is 13 compulsory fortnightly workshop sessions, 13 optional (but highly recommended) social fortnightly sessions, 2 weekend day trips, a weekend Camp in May, a weekend Marae Stay in September and a Graduation in October. The full programme runs from 29th April through to 28th October. The first Camp and Marae stay have compulsory attendance. The minimum attendance will be for 80% of the workshop sessions, with a strong preference for 100% attendance. W HAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I FINISH ? At the end of the year, after a special graduation ceremony, at which you will receive a certificate recognising your participation, there will be further opportunities to become involved in Youthline. For instance, you could join our group of youth reps (a group that runs youth led projects and acts as an advisory group to Youthline), train to become a counsellor if you’re over 18 years, or help out as a youth educator in the community. The Youth Development Programme provides an awesome foundation for these roles, for further training in youth work, counselling or social work and adds proven volunteer experience and training to any CV. W HAT ARE MY RIGHTS AN D RESPONSIBILITIES ? Both parents/guardians and young people will be required to sign contracts which outline the responsibilities and rights of all involved. There will be shared rules for the safety of the programme staff and members. Participants will be held accountable by staff and the group should there be a break in the agreed rules of the programme. H OW DO I GET INTO THE PROGRAM ME ? There are limited places available for this programme. For 2015, we will be accepting a maximum of 20 young people. There will be a selection process based on a quick phone conversation. We aim to select a wide mixture of young people. We strongly encourage any young person, who fits the age criteria and who can demonstrate that they are keen, to apply. H OW MUCH WILL IT COST ? IT’S FREE! Camp costs will be covered by Youthline Wellington and its generous funders. There will be several transportation scholarships available in order to make sure people from the wider Wellington region who can’t afford transportation can attend. Please note that it is the parent or caregiver’s responsibility to ensure that their young person has adequate transportation to and from the on-going fortnightly sessions based in Wellington city C RITERIA FOR THE Y OUTH D EVELOPMENT PROGRAMME For this programme we will be selecting young people between the ages of 15-18 years old. We ask that participants are well informed about the programme, what it involves, and the participant responsibilities and time commitments before applying. Our aim is to ensure a range of diverse people make up the final group so we are interested in hearing from individuals from all walks of life; different genders, ethnicities and identities. We hope participants will commit to Youthline long term, perhaps taking up positions as phone counsellors or youth workers in the future. C RI T E RI A Ability to work as part of a team Displays a level of maturity Able to meet time commitments Ability to maintain confidentiality Willingness to talk about who you are in a group Interested in helping and supporting others Motivated to challenge yourself and grow Can participate with respect for others Y OUTH D EVELOPMENT P ROGRAMME 2015 – K EY D ATES I NF O E V E N I N G F O R Y OU T H , P AR E NT S , C ARE GI V E RS , AN D FR I E NDS DR OP - I N ) ( OP T I O N AL Wednesday 22nd April 2015 @ Youthline (Level 3, 148 Cuba St) Between 5.30pm – 7.30pm Applications due April 24th at 5pm CAMP HUI – G R OU P D Y N AM I C S AN D R E L AT I O NS H I P D E V E L O P M E NT Friday 1st May 2015 CAMP @ Silverstream Retreat From 6.30pm Saturday 2nd May 2015 CAMP @ Silverstream Retreat All day from 9am Sunday 3rd May 2015 CAMP @ Silverstream Retreat Until 3pm W OR KS H OP S E S S I ON S – WHO AM I? Y OU T H I S S U E S C OM M UNI C AT I ON AN D Workshop sessions 4 – 7.30pm Social sessions 4 – 7.30pm Tuesday 28th April @ Evolve Wednesday 6th May @ Youthline Tuesday 12th May @ Evolve Wednesday 20th May @ Youthline Tuesday 26th May @ Evolve Wednesday 3rd June @ Youthline Tuesday 9th June @ Evolve Wednesday 17th June @ Youthline rd Tuesday 23 June th st @ Evolve Wednesday 1 July th @ Youthline Tuesday 7 July @ Evolve Wednesday 15 July @ Youthline Tuesday 21th July @ Evolve Wednesday 29th July @ Youthline Tuesday 4th August @ Evolve Wednesday 12th August @ Youthline Tuesday 18th August @ Evolve Wednesday 26thAugust @ Youthline Tuesday 1st Sept @ Evolve Wednesday 9th Sept @ Youthline Tuesday 15th Sept @ Evolve Wednesday 23rd Sept @ Youthline Tuesday 29th Sept @ Evolve Wednesday 7th Oct @ Youthline th Tuesday 13 Oct @ Evolve Tuesday 27th Oct Graduation st Wednesday 21 Oct @ Youthline W E E KE N D D AY T R I P S - O U T D O OR A D V E N T URE S Saturday 6th June 2015 @ Venue and time TBC by the group Saturday 5th August 2015 @ Venue and time TBC by the group M AR AE S T AY – P E R S O N AL G R OW T H AN D A W AR E NE S S Friday 6.30pm – Sunday 3pm 31st August – 2nd September 2015 @ Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay Application form for Youth Development Programme This form is confidential – your details will be safe with us! Please fill it out completely to help us assess your application Full Name Address Phone (H) (Mob) Email Ethnicity Age /DOB __________________________________ Gender __________________________________ School/ Education Provider/ Workplace __________________________________ How did you hear about the programme? __________________________________ Can you commit to all the dates and times of the programme? Yes / No If No, please detail ___________________________________________________ What attracts you to Youthline and this Youth Development Programme? What strengths will you bring to the Youth Development Group as a participant? What do you think you will find most challenging about joining this Programme/Group? Tell us one experience you have had recently that demonstrates your ability to support others: How do you generally get on / act in groups or teams of people? What are your hobbies/interests and what do feel passionate about in life? What makes you unique? THANKS FOR FILLING OUT THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION. PLEASE SEND THE FILLED OUT APPLICATION FORM AND QUESTIONNAIRE TO: [email protected] OR MAIL IT TO: Youthline Wellington, PO Box 1059 Wellington, 6140, BEFORE FRIDAY 24th April 2015 We really appreciate you sharing your thoughts and ideas with us.
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