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Youth-led Volunteering Projects

Young Leaders Training Week has just finished for the year and we are looking forward to projects the participants will put on. As part of the Volunteer Nelson Young Leaders Programme participants undertake a Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work. This involves a week of intensive learning plus two practical assignments which participants have six months to complete. The practical assignments are mentoring and putting on a youth development project.

With the youth development project participants are asked to involve ten other young people as volunteers. This concept makes sure youth volunteering is growing, while at the same time projects are relevant and addressing issues that are important to young people. Some participants already have a strong idea of the project they want to undertake, while some will circle through a few ideas before settling on something they like that is fun and achievable.  Some ideas so far are a clothing swap, a Pink Shirt Day fundraiser even a group entering an E-vehicle building competition.

Youth education and events provider Youth and Community Works partner with Volunteer Nelson to deliver the training week. The week of intensive learning is what helps to give participants the skills to lead and deliver projects. The training week is made up of group work interspersed with some games, active learning and the hard yards of completing unit standard workbooks. There are a few different facilitators including past participants that come in throughout the week to keep the delivery interesting! Topics range from human development theory, to leadership and groups, professional and ethical practice, mentoring, Māori operating principles and more.

Participants on the course report that they ‘really liked the level of inclusivity’,  ‘the open discussion, being able to hear others perspectives and establish my own view’, ‘the awesome crew’, and ‘all the food’. It is important that the training is accredited to be able to show a record of their learning and efforts. This accreditation is provided by Careerforce.

If you or someone you know would like to be involved in the Young Leaders Programme next year head to the Volunteer Nelson website at any time and register your interest. This year’s participants will have regular meet ups and progress with their projects over the next six months. Watch this space throughout the next few months to see the projects get underway.

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