Talking about consent

 

A recent media story regarding the online behaviour of some Wellington students had me thinking: how do we, both as individuals and as communities, learn about and improve our understanding of consent?

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To me, consent is a process of gaining clarity of wants and desires through negotiation, agreement and mutual understanding. Consent is something that can only be given, it can’t be taken from someone. However, if consent is given it can still be retracted at any point in time. Also, just because someone has given consent before, it doesn’t mean you can expect it is okay forever. Consent may have been given once, but it doesn’t mean it will be given again. It is negotiated time and time again and is not ever-lasting, nor is it the same for different people.

 

I think one of the first things that people think about when they hear the word consent is sex. However people don’t often talk about sex, let alone sexual consent and when we do talk about it, it’s often focused on situations where consent wasn’t given, rather than positive examples of consensual relationships.

 

I used to be a facilitator for the Sex & Ethics program as well as other sexual violence prevention initiatives. I delivered sessions to young people and adults to support them to understand consent, the law and their own personal ethics and values. This normalised consent and made it integral to their day to day lives. When delivering these workshops, it was important for me that the participants knew what the workshop was about, and that they felt comfortable to participate as much or as little as they wanted. It is not ethical to have someone attend a workshop about consent if they haven’t consented to be there.

 

Consent is an integral part of all relationships. Often there can be a power imbalance in a relationship, such as between a teacher and a student, or a parent and a child, but this does not mean gaining consent should be overlooked. Instead I think it means that consent needs to be intentionally sought in order to build a mutually trusting relationship. One way that I practice consent with my child is asking them if they want a hug or a kiss from me. It is important to remember that even if I want to give them a cuddle, it doesn’t mean they want one and I respect that. I think it is important to acknowledge the power imbalance in relationships and to take steps to close that gap where possible. Having a consensual relationship is a positive way to do so.

The Briggs whanau

 

It is important to remember that just because someone wants to gain consent from you, there is no obligation to give it and there shouldn’t be any pressure put on you. For example, you may agree to have lunch with someone one day. Just because it is has happened once, it doesn’t mean you will have lunch with them again, nor will you necessarily start spending time with them in other ways. A great example of this is given by Flight of the Conchords in their song “A kiss is not a contract”.

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The public response from young people and adults to the behaviour of the Wellington incident demonstrates the desire and need for community conversations around consent. Which brings into question:

At what age do we start having conversations around consent?

How do we keep people safe when discussing consent?

Where should these conversations take place?

 

I feel it is important that consent is inclusive – people of all ages should be practising consent in all of their relationships. Children should learn about consent through the role modelling of their families and communities. As we get older, we need ongoing opportunities to reflect, discuss and learn how to have consensual relationships. Whether these conversations happen with friends, families or professionals, the most important thing is the conversations are happening, and in a way that allows the people involved to feel safe and supported.

 


Josh Briggs, Grants Lead, Vodafone NZ Foundation

Vodafone Foundation mobilises IT training and whānau support for Kiwi kids

 

The Vodafone Foundation has today announced significant funding to connect rural communities with the world through digital technology, and support families of vulnerable young people.

 

 

The MOKO Foundation (pictured above), a charitable trust empowering communities in the Far North, and Te Aroha Noa, a community development agency working with young people in Palmerston North, have been selected by the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation as the 2017 Extension Partnership grant recipients.

Each organisation will receive $300,000 over three years, and on-going support in partnership with the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation.

Vodafone New Zealand Foundation chair, Antony Welton said The MOKO Foundation’s aspiration to connect young people in the Far North with opportunities throughout the world resonated strongly.

“The idea of enabling young people in isolated communities to access fast internet, and the latest technology to reach out to the wider global community is what Vodafone stands for. We want all young people to have educational opportunities irrespective of where they live in New Zealand,” Antony said.

The MOKO Foundation will take a mobile innovation hub into five different Far North communities on a weekly basis. The digital classroom on wheels will see staff offer tuition in learning to code and explore information technology, as well as career planning.

The MOKO Foundation General Manager Deidre Otene said the mobile hub will also provide health support.

“It provides another option for families in terms of the time, expense and ability to get their young people to the doctor when they may not have that. I think the programme is going to be positively received because it provides real opportunities for young people in rural communities,” Deidre said.

 

 

Youth Programmes co-ordinator Brad Rapira said the Vodafone Foundation will enable Te Aroha Noa (pictured above) to realise a long held-dream in extending support to the families of the young people they work with.

“We support young people to re-engage them in learning pathways. We have always wanted to say to the families, we need you to be part of this difference. Tell us what your hopes and dreams are for your children – let us partner with you, and the Vodafone Foundation, to assist and guide those dreams,” Brad said.

“Finding a way to support not only the young person, but also the parents, siblings and wider whānau can make a huge difference in the lives of a whole community. The Vodafone Foundation is proud to support these important initiatives,” Antony said.

Youth Justice in Aotearoa New Zealand: not perfect… but responding


When you’re 17, you need a bit of a scare!”

In March 2016, Jess McVicar, spokeswoman for the Sensible Sentencing Trust was interviewed on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme. She gave her feedback on the proposal to change the jurisdiction of the Youth Court to include young people aged 17 years of age.

Adamant that she knew exactly what she was doing at 17, Ms McVicar suggested that young people of this age would be more likely to change their offending behaviour if they were dealt with in the adult court – that the offending behaviour of 17 year olds would be curbed through “a bit of a scare”.

 

Youth… and Justice

The youth justice system in New Zealand is world class. It is based on a model of restorative and therapeutic justice, holding young people to account for their behaviour whilst striving to help them address the underlying issues that manifest in offending.

For the last 10 years, I have worked within this system. In the last 12 months, the Vodafone Fellowship has released me to focus on my passion: young people within the legal system and the issues that they face understanding the language associated with that journey.

I’ve had a bit of a scare! The processes within our youth justice system that are designed to be restorative often fall at the language hurdle. Well intentioned agencies and dedicated youth justice professionals fail to account for the fact that the majority of young people we work with have a significant and identifiable problem with oral language.

He sat across the table from me in the classroom. I asked him how his court appearance went. “All guds… [pause] – but what does ‘guilty’ mean?” [16 year old]

A “significant and identifiable issue with oral language” describes young people who struggle to understand what people are saying to them and to express themselves.

Research indicates at least 60% of young people within the youth justice system have oral language problems. Youth justice professionals that I have encountered around New Zealand put the figure much higher – “ALL the young people I work with have problems with language.”


Youth were once children – who were once babies

Issues with oral language don’t start when a young person is arrested. The developmental work vital for oral language competence should have started 17 years previously in the context of whanau relationship. Bonding, attachment, developing language, turn-taking, learning to relate to others, understanding the world of words and using words to express yourself effectively.

When these foundations aren’t established for whatever reason, problems with oral language result and children carry these issues into their ‘young person’ years. There is a strong association between behavioural difficulties and oral language difficulties.

Many young people involved in offending are disengaged from education, training or employment and yet engagement in education, training or employment is a protective factor against offending.

Why the disengagement?

Oral language is at the core of everything.

It is essential for relating, connecting, attaching, negotiating, belonging. Oral language is the foundation for reading text. Reading is assigning symbols to words that we first encounter through talking. If you struggle with oral language, chances are you will struggle with reading.

“They said I was being charged with ‘possession of instruments for conversion’. The only instruments I knew were musical ones – so I thought they were trying to charge me with a ram raid on a music shop… [15 year old]

Young people can struggle to remain engaged in a learning environment where they can’t understand what’s going on and where they keep getting into trouble for not doing what they’re told because they don’t understand. Young people get angry and frustrated, disengage and end up ‘expressing’ themselves physically, acting out and acting up? Stand down. Suspension. Exclusion. The cracks open up and they slip through.

Those who then encounter the legal system enter into a space with it’s own language. They meet a new vocabulary. Custody. Supervision orders. Curfew. Bail. In addition, the restorative nature of youth justice involves oral language – police interviews, family group conferences, drug and alcohol counselling, anger management counselling, family therapy, it’s all a talkfest!


Youth Justice in Aotearoa New Zealand: not perfect… but responding

It’s within this system that I am seeking to affect change. Training youth justice professionals to recognise these issues. Developing an oral language assessment tool for use in the justice system. Assisting agencies to help young people understand and express themselves effectively in the legal system.

“I was in my family group conference. They asked me if I felt remorse for what I did? I didn’t know if I did or not – I didn’t know what ‘remorse’ meant…” [15 year old]

Our youth justice system isn’t perfect, but it is starting to respond to the significant oral language needs of young people, recognising the connection between a young person’s understanding, engagement, sense of justice and readiness to change. It is a system uniquely positioned to respond to the developmental needs of young people.

A young person of 17 can’t legally drink alcohol, buy a packet of smokes, get married without parental consent, vote in elections, buy an Instant Kiwi ticket or get a credit card. We understand that a 17 year old is still developing the necessary insight to be able make certain decisions? We seek to protect them until that maturity is more likely to have emerged.

Why then would we demand that a 17 year old be treated the same as a mature adult when it comes to the law? And as a majority of 17 year olds in the legal system have a significant issue with oral language, consigning them to an adult process doesn’t deliver justice – for them, or the victims of their offending.

He sat across the table from me. Eighteen months on remand. I asked him: “When is your next hearing?” He asked me “What’s a hearing?” [25 year old]

It is appropriate that 17 year olds be included within the youth justice system, a responsive and developmentally appropriate system that is the most effective context for young people who offend.

When a 17 year old offends, “a bit of a scare” won’t do them, their victim or the community any good. The scare suggested by Ms McVicar can actually end up reinforcing the actual thinking and behaviours it is trying to curb.

A 17 year old who offends needs a place where needs are acknowledged and addressed so that they understand and engage, take responsibility for their actions, address offending behaviour and head toward a different future. That place is Youth Justice!

Mark Stephenson, 2016 Vodafone Foundation Fellowship Recipient

Julene’s youth camp blog

 

There is something deeply life-changing in being a part of end-of-year camp for our youth. This year we ended up going to Tui Ridge Park, Rotorua. Our activities included the giant swing, bubble soccer, Waikite Thermal Pools, the Luge, Hamurana Springs, abseiling, high ropes, mountain biking and Kerosene Creak. We ate together, laughed, got angry, reconciled, missed home and had opportunity to connect more deeply with each other.

 

 

Not even the rain, cold, even hail, could “dampen” the overall experience. I was humbled to spend five days and four nights with an awesome team and beautiful youth: leaders who love unconditionally and give 100% of their time and youth who have made a conscience choice to step out of their “normal” for a week and knowingly embrace some challenges that push all of us right outside our comfort zone.

 

 

Personally, I was pushed out of my own comfort zone: I have poor balance and am extremely cautious of heights so the high-ropes was a wee bit uncomfortable; I have no real strength (or endurance) so the mountain biking forced me to push through and finish; and I don’t like getting wet but I laughed till my sides and stomach hurt in the bubble-ball games in the rain and mud puddles! I was continuously reminded that if it was hard for me, it was certainly hard for the youth joining us.

 

 

Early Wednesday morning I read John 4: the woman at the well, and was reminded some key truths that are vital in relating to the youth we work with. We see Jesus 1) suspend prejudice, 2) suspend judgement, 3) provide opportunity and 4) provide hope. The beautiful thing is the simple relational way in which Christ moves through these areas of life providing a brilliant example for each of us. What an exciting opportunity for me! And how I have grown in my relationship with others and God. So as I develop “creating meaningful learning experiences” I embrace the challenge of suspending prejudice and judgement so I can provide opportunities and hope.

 

 

My body is sore (my husband reminded me that I am older than I think); I have bumps, grazes and bruises; but my heart is full and peacefully joyful.

 

Giving space to people who are often left out of the conversation

 

I am now six months into a year-long fellowship which has allowed me to work on a resource about marginalised intersecting identities within the sex, gender and sexuality diverse communities.

 

I have met and connected with a lot of people with many different experiences of identity and am constantly reminded just how connected and overlapping our oppressions and frustrations are.

 

I think so far, aside from reading a lot about representation and social movements, this has been the biggest reoccurring theme I keep coming back to after talking with people.

 

How different it is to have conversations about social change that do not exclude identities! How we all have an obligation to try harder, to always be thinking who is missing. To make sure I listen to someone’s perspective even though it might erase mine, or make me uncomfortable.

 

  • Who is not represented and how do I include them?
  • How do I not erase perspectives?
  • Am I taking up too much space?
  • How to uplift people who are marginalised in a way that is not tokenistic and feels safe?
  • How do I make sure my work is accessible to people with different abilities and ways of communicating?

 

I am a pakeha queer trans masculine person with a physical disability. My impairment is not always obvious to other people but it impacts a lot on my ability to do stuff. I’m disabled but not disabled enough, able but not able enough… In-between.

 

So I’ve been thinking a lot about in-between kinds of people and how we fit into spaces or don’t, whether it be physically inaccessible or that you never see yourself represented. To almost always hear gender or sexuality described from a western colonising framework, not an indigenous cultural perspective. To learn about education but not ever see accessibility given consideration.

 

What it means to not quite fit into conversations or theories, to always be listening and thinking “yes good point but what about…” or “have you considered…?” To be the exception to the rule. To always preface your point with an apology. To feel too frustrated to bother pointing something out, then feel bad for not taking the time to try and educate… To understand that everyone is at different stages of the conversation, and be kind.

 

In early November I held my first advisors hui for the project. My advisors are people with a range of marginalised experiences that are different from mine. (Including culture, age, ability, gender identity, sexuality and neuro-diversity) We came together to create a vision for the project and share ideas around how to interview people in ways that are culturally sensitive, preserve anonymity if that is required and is inclusive of the different ways people experience the world. We talked about ethics; support and how I can collate the stories people share in a way that does not filter their own experiences through my own viewpoint and understanding of the world.

 

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Recently I had the privilege of going to Bangkok for the ILGA world conference, this was my first real overseas trip and I was lucky to go with twelve other queer and gender diverse folks from Aotearoa. I felt incredibly supported but also isolated at the same time, particularly in relation to this project, it highlighted the necessity of this work however. Over the course of the five-day conference I heard the words disability or accessibility twice. Once each. Except for the times where I had conversations with people about disability and inclusiveness.

 

I saw how in many places they are just beginning to talk about decolonisation and indigenous frameworks and I realised how lucky I am to be doing my project with the support of organisations that hold those values at their core.

 

I thought a lot about the conversations happening in the panels and how they were different to the ones happening in the lift, the lunch breaks and outside in the smoking area, in the in-between spaces.

 

Who has access to a microphone and who doesn’t?

 

I thought about all the queer and trans people with disabilities I know, and how I couldn’t recall seeing anyone with a visible disability. I realised how much energy and ability it takes to be able to sit for hours and listen, for five days. I felt frustrated that my body wouldn’t let me, I worried that I was wasting an opportunity. I wondered how many other people were also struggling (with language barriers, dietary requirements, anxiety, different ability) to get through the day and still have the energy to have all the important conversations that made this experience so incredible and worthwhile.

 

As I move on to the next stage of this project I am excited to continue to learn and share stories with all of the people who have agreed to be involved in this project. I will keep reflecting and wonder what shifting the narrative might look like. I hope to help give space to people who are often left out of the conversation.

 

“Nothing about us without us.”

Meet our 2017 World of Difference recipients

 

We are very excited to introduce the World of Difference Award Recipients for 2017!

This year’s recipients will join a whanau of 91 inspiring individuals who have made a commitment to their communities and to the young people of Aotearoa. Huge congratulations and welcome to the whanau, Karla, Kendal, Tabby, Victoria and Des. We can’t wait to see the incredible things you do during your World of Difference year!

Keep reading below to learn more about this amazing group of people and their World of Difference projects.

 

Karla Sanders

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Bullying has a devastating impact on the lives of young people. We need youth leadership and youth voices to change that. That’s why Karla Sanders co-founded Sticks ’n Stones, a youth-led organisation that involves young people in the planning, decision making and delivery of anti-bullying programmes. Karla approached the Vodafone Foundation for support to grow Sticks ‘n Stones from a regional project to an independent, robust and sustainable national programme, focused on making change in rural communities. Supporting Karla to nurture passionate young change makers and to build a national network of leaders is something we’re very excited about. With Vodafone’s help, the voices of young people can be heard and together we can stop bullying

 

Kendal Collins

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Kendal Collins started Sisters United to combat the negative effects of bullying, low self-esteem, negative body image and cultural disconnection. Her organisation provides fresh, creative, culturally responsive programs that support young women to build a stronger sense of self-worth and cultural identity. Young Queen’s is a peer-mentoring program run in South Auckland for young women based at The Palace Dance Studio. The program uses spoken word, dance and art to explore ideas through expression, helping young women discover their talents, build their confidence and find their voice. With the support of the Vodafone Foundation, Kendal and Sisters United are building a crew of Young Queens who have the confidence, passion and skills to achieve their dreams.

 

Tabby Besley

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Rainbow young people in New Zealand are five times more likely to attempt suicide and at least three times more likely to experience bullying. Those statistics aren’t changing – they’re getting worse, and that’s not good enough. That’s why Tabby Besley founded InsideOUT, an organisation that supports journeys of positive change and inclusivity in schools and communities, aiming to give young people of sexual and gender minorities a sense of safety and belonging. With the support of the Vodafone Foundation Tabby’s work can reach further across Aotearoa and provide support, affirmation and belonging to those that need it the most.

 

Victoria Hearn

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Victoria Hearn believes that access to housing is a basic human right. Without a safe place to live it’s difficult for young people to access education, get employment or support themselves financially. That’s why Victoria joined the team at Lifewise to focus on providing accommodation options that help young people maximise their choices. By providing stable accommodation and support, young people have a base to build from and a chance to develop independent living skills. With Vodafone’s help Victoria can dedicate her time to Lifewise and together, we can end homelessness.

 

Des Warahi

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Not all young people start out with the same opportunities, but Des Warahi believes we can create more positive pathways if we involve whanau and community. Des will be spending his World of Difference year working with the Matipo Community Development Trust in Whanganui. He’ll be mentoring upcoming leaders, building organisational capacity and helping to deliver

Practical, hands on youth development programmes in horticulture and carpentry. With the Vodafone Foundation behind him, Des hopes to see more young people on the path to education and employment, with their community and whanau supporting them all the way.

Intergenerational Leadership Development ‘Weaving the fibres of the Muka’

 

Deidre Otene
Kohatutaka
Te Uri Mahoe
Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa

Deidre Otene

As a young girl I spent days on end, at the feet of my Nana preparing Muka as she weaved Kete in her home in Mangamuka. My nana Adelaide Tiari Otene was a weaver and as a child I sat at her feet scraping Muka fibres whilst she mentored me through the process of weaving Kete. The process became a part of everyday life for us as her mokopuna (grandchildren) and unbeknown to me then, would be the guidance that has woven my journey into leadership and development today.

The topic of my fellowship is Intergenerational Leadership Development and the importance of Collective Impact in Indigenous settings.


Caring for the fibres of the Muka

Like the fibres of delicate Muka I liken them to that of our people, diverse in our makeup and easily broken and tattered if not cared for appropriately. Each individual strand of Muka is weak on its own, breakable and bare, but woven together creates a strength, resilience and beauty that can withstand the harshest conditions.


The Collective Mind Set

During my short time on this fellowship journey I have had the privilege of meeting and being in the presence of influential people from diverse upbringings and beliefs. On a recent trip to Hawaii I was invited to speak at the Future Leaders of the Pacific forum and workshop with a collective of young leaders hailing from Australia, Tonga, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa and Hawaii. As we shared our stories of adversity, triumph and aspirations the conclusion of the workshop provided collective substance to my fellowship topic. That no matter where we had been as a people our aspirations to achieve prosperity would come from a collective mind-set. So from the floor of my nanas home to the shores of Hawai‘i the aspiration was clear, that through caring for each strand of the Muka we could weave together an unbreakable kete that would house the knowledge and insight to carry our people forward into the future. My exploration of Collective Impact and successful examples in Queensland Australia and here in New Zealand provide a template to action this vision further.


Natural way of giving

“This moment had me reflect on the importance of reciprocity, the natural way of giving and the importance this has on leadership development”

 

Sometimes the greatest learnings come from the places you least expect, during my fellowship journey I have had the privilege of sharing my life journey. One particular instance stands out for me. I recently returned to Okaihau College and shared my journey of being raised in the far north, the adversity that came with my upbringing and the richness of family and connectedness that then saw me travel the world to explore and gain knowledge to bring home. As I returned to my car after my korero I was approached by an elder from the area, he recognised my last name and asked if I was one of the grandchildren of Adelaide from Mangamuka, he shared his stories of taking my nana fish and how she would always give him beautifully woven kete. This moment had me reflect on the importance of reciprocity, the natural way of giving and the importance this has on leadership development.

 

“At the heart of their work it is evident that family, a connectedness to who they are and a natural commitment to caring for others is the driving force to leadership in action”

 

Through this journey I have come across many leaders either in person, through research and through the sharing of stories. The mentorship of Dr Lance O’Sullivan and his wife Tracy O’Sullivan has shown me that leadership is a result of hard work. I have witnessed the leadership of Lance and Tracy as directors and creators of what I believe to be ground breaking innovation that is overcoming health inequalities for our countries most vulnerable communities. At the heart of their work it is evident that family, a connectedness to who they are and a natural commitment to caring for others is the driving force to leadership in action.


“How Courageous are we?”

I am Kohatutaka, Te Uri Mahoe, Ngapuhi and Te Rarawa. As a people we are in a phase of post treaty settlement and at the verge of settlement, Inter Tribal debate and resolution. The time cannot be any more appropriate than now to focus on how we develop leadership of young people now and into the future. We have come too far not to invest in sustainability of our greatest asset, and that is our people. The challenge I believe is how courageous are we? Can we invest in and open the doors to Young People in spaces of Iwi governance, organisational governance and in areas of business and asset growth. My answer is, we cannot afford not to. The reality is that if our young people are not fit to lead then our future sustainability will be grim. How courageous are we to look outside of business as usual and create and action governance and mentoring initiatives that will equip this generation with capability, confidence and courage, to be a growing influence across a range of sectors and regional and national entities. This I believe will create sustainable positive outcomes for our people. Examples of successful initiatives here in New Zealand provide a robust direction towards Youth governance and leadership development. Indigenous leaders Shay Wright and Travis O’Keefe of Te Whare Hukahuka have created Ka Eke Poutama in Taamaki (Auckland) and have recognised that Maori are playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of Taamaki. Treaty settlements are paving the way for greater opportunities and prosperity and empowering the next generation of capable and confident Maori leaders. This is an important next step to ensure successful Organisations and sustainable positive outcomes. A courageous step forward and one that brings together the connected of the past whilst navigating forward, so it is about equipping our young leaders with the innovative thinking needed to navigate our waka into the future.

We should also be brave and open to working across sectors and even more open and brave to explore how we can work with other Iwi to gain collective impact for the development of leadership and growth opportunities.

In closing, our development must happen globally, we cannot afford to be insular in our development and technology enables this to happen. Indigenous structures here and around the world share commonalities’ of inherited structures and the new year will see me explore Silicon Valley in San Francisco to build pathways for the development of Information Technology leadership opportunities. I will also visit Alaska to explore the First Alaskan Institute and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and the Ngai Tahu Research Centre. Continuing to fill my kete with conversations and debates that will pave a journey forward for Intergenerational Leadership Development.

Participatory Philanthropy, a report from Lani Evans

 

Our Foundation Manager, Lani Evans, received a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2015 to explore Participatory Philanthropy.

“Participatory practice in philanthropy is a way of actively engaging communities in decision making, of valuing people on the ground, as subject matter experts, as practitioners of the funded work, and as the end beneficiaries of services.”

Download a copy of Lani’s Fellowship report

The Vodafone Foundation is celebrating our 25th anniversary!

 

A quarter century of creativity, empowerment, support and vision in 27 countries around the world. Here in New Zealand, we’ve provided $25,000,000 in funding to inspiring individuals and organisations  making a difference in our communities. Our World of Difference and Fellowship programmes have partnered with more than 100 passionate kiwis working to improve the lives of our young people.  And, with the 2017 World of Difference recipients about to be announced, we thought there was no better time to reflect on the great work of our past recipients.

 

Marcus Powell

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When a young person is disengaged for whatever reason, it becomes difficult for them to get into their education and employment. That’s why Marcus Powell set up Crescendo – an organisation that aims to build  young people up through music and expression. With the Vodafone Foundation, Marcus has received funding, mentoring support and the networks to build Crescendo into a recognised and sustainable charity. And now nothing’s stopping him from giving young people the love and opportunities they need to grow.

 

Kahurangi Taylor

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When young people are cared for, everyone benefits. Kahurangi Taylor recognised this and put her hand up to help; the Vodafone Foundation responded. Kahurangi is working with Ngati te Ata, building a youth led organisation where rangatahi can learn and lead change for whanau, hapu, Iwi and the community.

The Foundation’s support meant Kahurangi went from being one woman volunteering, to an organisation of 5 staff members, with five times the impact. Kahurangi wants to provide support and development opportunities and normalise Maori success.

 

Shana Malio-Satele

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Dream big, go big & go hard. That’s what Shana Malio-Satele tells kids who walk in the door to MATES, a mentoring and tutoring scheme led by Shana. The sad truth is, youth in lower socio areas are more vulnerable to disengaging in school and getting in trouble outside of it. Shana saw this as a problem, and saw that with a bit of mentoring she could help. So, she joined MATES –focussing on academic and personal development for youth. Shana asked the Vodafone Foundation for help, and they answered. Allowing Shana to think limitlessly, take risks, and do things she never thought were possible to help.

 

We have many past recipients, just like Marcus, Kahurangi & Shana who are doing more than their bit for New Zealand communities. We can’t wait to follow and support them all in making their mark and making New Zealand a better place for youth.

Y-NEET Research: Empirical Evidence for New Zealand

 

This Y-NEET research has been prepared by Gail Pacheco (Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, AUT) and De Wet van der Westhuizen.

This piece of work provides a comprehensive profile of the Y-NEET landscape in New Zealand, comparison with overseas statistics, as well as the cost of this economic and social issue.

Download the full report here: yneet-reasearch