From our Co-ordinator: This year it has been wonderful to watch CYC grow in confidence and skill. A year ago, this was a very different organisation and I felt that it was necessary to make sure our hardworking Youth Councillors stopped for a second to realise what they've managed to achieve. So I nominated them for two awards, and guess what: TWO FOR TWO!
Youth Week Youth Group Award: Awarded to only five groups nationally, this really is a governmental seal of approval for CYC. It also looks very nice on our filing cabinet!
VolCan Volunteer Recognition Award: Of the twenty five recipients region-wide, CYC were the youngest and its wonderful to think that they're not far off 1000 volunteer hours only 6 months into the year!
We've been assisted in our cause over the last few months by a new Youth Councillor. Sofie Hampton has joined the ranks of CYC as an Executive Committee member after Alison Faulls sadly moved on to other projects at university. But we're happy really, because LOOK how busy she's been since joining us!
We are proudly now supported in our operating costs by The Canterbury Community Trust. Their kind donation of $10,000 towards the daily running of CYC will immeasurably help us in what we do. Thank you so much!
We have been given approximately $2300 to use for events by the Winter Chill events fund - we're super happy to have this surprise donation and we're going to use it to find a great way to add value to what we do!
CYC got in on the Long Term Plan public consultations being run by both ECAN and CCC regarding their future plans for Chch. Read what we had to say to CCC here and here. Our submissions whizz James put the document together based on consultation with groups of young people at a Youth Voice Canterbury Youth Connect event, in person at schools and via an online survey. We also partnered with Student Volunteer Army for this one. James and Jack then spoke to this submission at the CCC public hearings! It was great to see the Councillors engage in the type of witty banter James is perfect at. Well done to Jack for giving every Councillor the winning smile!
We had a brilliant and very special time this past weekend with members from Sensational Selwyn Youth and Hurunui Youth Programme and assorted other peeps at our Brick by Brick Youth Leaders' Hui.
There was a leadership workshop, current affairs speed dating, a digital scavenger hunt, events ideation thinking time from our friend Catarina at Ministry of Awesome and a fantastic final talk with SVA co-founder and Youthink maestro Jason Pemberton, all topped off with heaps of amazing food and a fair bit of sneaking around the Issac Theatre Royal.
Massive thanks to our sponsors Ministry of Youth Development - New Zealand and friends at Leadership Lab for helping us make this happen! We're also really happy that the 'Turtle of Leadership' made it onto a t-shirt for all attendees. Thank you to Josiah's dad for drawing a really beautiful design which captures the work done in the leadership workshop.
To see the Scavenger Hunt funtimes, check out:https://www.facebook.com/groups/bxbscavengers/
On Friday the 29th of May we hosted our annual Wespeak, and for the first year we were independent!
We had a small and passionate crowd of young people from a wide range of schools all with heaps of energy.
We had a heap of awesome speakers including: Chris Gallavin from The University Of Canterbury, Cashmere High Schools Eco Driver And a group of girls who visited Nepal from Christchurch Girls High School. We also had some awesome 5 minute talks from Sela from the CPIT and a talk from Hon Amy Adams MP and our very own Beth Walters inspiring words. Our 1 hour workshops consisted of A Brave New City, Henry Sunderland a Gnomologist and Attitude ! We loved seeing you all, hearing what you were passionate about and sharing this inspiring day with you all :)
We loved meeting you all at our Stage Challenge Face to Face event, from the opportunity for Kaitlyn to speak on stage to all your interest in the ' great flag debate'. To debrief quickly, we gained heaps more youth signups on our mailing list (which we are super excited about) and a lot of discussion and strong opinion with our three hot topics about: the flag and whether we should change it, speed limits on country roads and construction in regards to the new stadium and convention centre. Check out our summary from the flag debate below.
Just in case you thought our blogger had dropped off the face of the planet, fear not: all is well! We have a lot of awesome news to update you on, including awards and events, submissions and some pretty cool funding outcomes! We'll be adding more over the course of this week...now the dust has settled from quite the busy month so far!
You can keep up to date with what we're doing for young people in Christchurch here. Join in the conversation!
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