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Youth summit to challenge stereotypes

3 May 2005

Youth summit to challenge alcohol and drug stereotypes

Auckland City Youth Council (ACYC) and Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD Auckland Central) are proud to present Converse 05, the inaugural ACYC Urban Youth Summit on Friday 13 May as part of Youth Week.

This project has been organised in partnership with The Mental Health Foundation, Youthline, and Road Safety Auckland City.

The theme of the summit, Re:defining the culture around alcohol and drugs, is in response to this year’s Youth Week theme, RE:DEFINE Challenge youth stereotypes.

Peer and social leaders aged between 15 and 18 from each of the city’s high schools and alternative education providers will attend the summit, which is being held at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC).

Auckland City Youth Council member Mel Cripps says: “The summit aims to inspire young people to challenge stereotypes surrounding youth culture and express how we see ourselves rather than how society sees us.”

The summit will feature keynote speakers on youth culture and perceptions, followed by workshop sessions on alcohol and drug issues. There will also be graffiti art by Disruptiv and performances by Spacifix and Incursa.

Shirley Allan, a facilitator of CAYAD, says: “It is in creating this forum that we hope to address some of the more serious issues facing our young people. We aim to look hard at the realities of the youth drug and alcohol culture, particularly in an urban New Zealand context, and then start to try and find ways that we can all contribute towards making positive, sustainable change.”

Youth Week is an international awareness project to celebrate and promote young people being healthy in body, mind and soul. This year, in New Zealand it runs from 9 to 15 May, and is coordinated by The New Zealand Association for Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD).

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