Our Youth Centre team facilitate a variety of programmes throughout the year. Feedback from participants across our programmes has shown young people developed new skills, built confidence, discovered new pathways, and the programmes have made young people feel valued and accepted.
Some of our after-school workshops and programmes for young people to learn new skills, discover talents and make new friends include:
Our work comes from a youth-focused and strength-based position, underpinned by the principles of the NZ Youth Development Strategy.
We pride ourselves on delivering high quality services and programmes, which are evidence based, and based on best practice.
Creative Youth Development
Research focusing on young people identifies the benefits of creative youth development programmes including the development of attitudes (e.g. self-discipline, self-efficacy) and behaviours (e.g. more frequent school attendance, reduced dropout rates) that improve school performance; development of life-skills (e.g. understanding the consequences of one’s behaviour, working in teams); and development of pro-social attitudes and behaviours among ‘at risk’ youth (e.g. building social bonds, improving self-image).
Studies have identified self-confidence as the main benefit leading to an increase in creative ability as well as improved social interactions. A sense of self-worth increases particularly for young people from disadvantaged communities, allowing them to discover hidden strengths and talents. Participation in the arts also provides for an increase in social skills, including those needed for teamwork; social awareness leading to a desire to include and respect others; and facilitates the creation of positive role models for young people. Participation in arts projects also gives young people the opportunity to socialise and meet new people and develop peer relationships.
The Rotorua Youth Centre uses creative youth development activity to grow young people in a number of ways;
- Helping young people express emotions and views on what is important to them.
- Assisting them to dig deep inside themselves to formulate their thoughts and beliefs and put them in to creative pieces.
- Challenging youth and helping them to develop new ways of looking at challenges and obstacles, challenging negative thoughts and helping them discover ways of dealing with those negative beliefs.
- Building young people’s confidence, self-motivation, inspiring passion and creativity, and encourage self-belief.
Youth Development Competencies:
- Interaction with peers and developing a sense of belonging.
- Ability to explore various roles and identities, promoting self-determination.
- Developing interpersonal skills, including communication, decision-making, assertiveness, and peer refusal skills, and have the ability to create healthy relationships.
- Developing significant positive relationships with mentors, positive role models, and other nurturing adults.
- Demonstrating the ability to set goals and develop a plan.
- Developing individual strengths.
- Encouraging the development of self-determination and self-advocacy skills.
- Practicing self-management and responsible decision-making that reflects healthy choices.