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Young Leaders for tomorrow’s Tasman

Volunteer Nelson in partnership with Youth & Community works are excited to be delivering a Young Leaders Programme for the Tasman Region for the fourth year. This is a programme where 10 young people (16 – 24yrs) work towards a 45 Credit NCEA Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work.

To kick off the programme there is residential training at Marahau Outdoor Education Centre (Thursday 25 April – Monday 29 April) where participants learn about youth development theory, ethics, leadership and group work, mentoring, project management and more, in a supportive and fun environment. A past participant, Tom’s comment, when embarking on the programme was, “It’s a good opportunity to further my knowledge on how to help my community.”

Following the training week, participants are supported to mentor a young person and to lead or assist with a youth development project. In the past these projects have been everything from fundraising clothing sales to beach clean-ups and art exhibitions. We ask that participants include 10 other young people in their projects, therefore increasing the reach of the programme to a total of 110 young people in the region.

Gordon Oldfield, Manager of Volunteer Nelson says, “young people seem to have a sharpened sense of social justice, especially as they begin to see the issues that unfold around them as they experience life. We look forward to seeing what projects they come up with.”

At the end of the programme, participants will gain the Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work through Careerforce, which provides them with 45 credits and a pathway for entry into careers in the youth-development sector.

We’re currently seeking expressions of interest for the Tasman Young Leaders Programme, with full applications closing Wednesday, 20 March 2019. To find out more about the programme or register interest visit:, email: [email protected] or phone 03 546 7681.

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