WHY – purpose
Puāwai is a nine month experience for approximately 40 rangatahi/young people aged 15-18 that is designed to:
- Connect and develop a diverse network of “potential leaders, innovators, disruptors, drivers” in our rangatahi/young people around the region to enable them to contribute to their community
- Develop real skills, knowledge and networks by participating in a bicultural programme with a focus on diversity and inclusion
WHO – young people
- There is no application process, rangatahi/young people are selected and supported to attend by a tuakana/youth group leader from their community.
- Small groups/rōpū of 4-5 rangatahi/young people from a range of Māori communities, Pacifika communities, rainbow communities, disability communities and Muslim communities.
- Puāwai is for young people who are already demonstrating their involvement within their whānau, friends and communities but are not yet recognized for their mahi/efforts. This would include young people who want to grow skills and experience and have not yet received leadership development opportunities.
WHAT – components
The Puāwai programme has been co-designed by a group of young people and includes;
- Leadership Hui x one per month from 4.00-7.00 pm on a week day
- Strengths finder profile and coaching – individual and group coaching with each rōpū
- Rōpū meetings once a month
- Activator events – youth-led practical projects in the April school holidays that could range from facilitating a public event to organizing a service opportunity together
HOW – supporters
- Puāwai is part of www.lincproject.org.nz and is designed and delivered by a group of facilitators in partnership with Leadership Lab and the CHCH YMCA
- Funding for Puāwai has been provided by the Ministry of Youth Development, Te Putahitanga, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and the Ben Gough Family Foundation