CYC's Chairperson, Hamish Keown, signed a very important document last month on behalf of the rest of the Youth Council. We've agreed to operate under a Memorandum of Understanding for the 'Strengthening the Youth Sector' project, along with heaps of other agencies involved with Chch youth. In signing it, we all agree to do this:
"Work in a collaborative and coordinated way to inform, support and build capacity of the wider youth sector to meet the needs of young people across the Christchurch, Waimakariri, and Selwyn districts."
It means that all the agencies who sign up to this agree to respect each other, be non-judgmental of each other's opinion, commit to the vision and act in honesty and good faith in their work towards making things better for young people in and around the city. Which is excellent!
The whole point of the project was to provide an opportunity for the youth sector of Greater Christchurch to come together and reflect on the sector post-Earthquakes. It basically means things are going to happen for young people a lot faster in the city, with dedicated work streams looking into youth wellbeing, a Youth Charter, participation, employment and youth-friendly places.
Face it, it's pretty darn cool to live in a city where this much goes on to make a difference for young people.
Agencies that have signed up to the MoU so far are:
Ministry of Education, CERA, Ministry of Youth Development, Ministry of Social Development. Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Careers New Zealand, Canterbury District Health Board, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri Councils, Ngai Tahu, Sport Canterbury, Canterbury Youth Workers Collective, Te Ora Hou, Youth and Cultural Development Society, Papanui Youth Development, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, New Zealand Red Cross, Department of Corrections, Canterbury Community Trust, The Collaborative for Research and Training...and...ba ba baaaaaaa....
....Christchurch Youth Council. Awesome job everyone!
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