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Launch of new national youth sector organisation


MEDIA ADVISORY 15 November 2010

Launch of new national youth sector organisation

Venue: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland Time: 12 noon, Wednesday 17 November

A new national umbrella organisation will be launched on Wednesday, 17 November to help people who work with young people (aged 12-25) become more connected, effective and accountable.

New Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD) and National Youth Workers Network Aotearoa (NYWNA), have joined forces to create the new organisation with the help of others in the youth sector. Their current memberships include more than 250 local and national organisations and networks representing thousands of people working with young people.

The name of the new organisation will be unveiled at its launch at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, following the powhiri for the Involve youth conference. Media are welcome to attend. While some of its roles are yet to be determined, Ara Taiohi will run Youth Week, an annual event to celebrate and promote young people; organise a national youth health and development conference; speak out on issues affecting young people and those who work with them; and provide training, information and support for members. Setting up a professional body for youth workers is also a priority.

Advertising for an executive officer will begin next week. Funding will come from a variety of sources including membership fees, government and philanthropic trusts. When the new organisation is up and running, NZAAHD and NYWNA will both wind up.
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