The Kāpiti Coast Youth Council is a group of young people from across the district who act as a voice for the needs and opinions of Kāpiti's young people to the Kāpiti Coast District Council.
Key things the Youth Council does:
-Advocate for youth voices in Kāpiti-Support youth projects
-Showcase young people and their achievements
-Connect young people to their community
-Educate young people on civic issues
Think BIG provides funding and support for young people (individuals or groups) aged between 15 and 24, who can apply for up to $2000, to run a youth led project in the community (or your school).
Applications for Think BIG have closed for 2017 , click here for more information.
The Youth Council offers Youth2U Dollars funding for individuals and groups of young people aged 12 – 24 years who live on the Kāpiti Coast. Youth2U Dollars funding helps young people reach their potential, follow their dreams and develop their interests and skills. Applications for 2017 have now closed.
This year Youth Week is being held over 26 May- 4 June and the theme is 'Our Voices Count; Count Our Voices'. Watch this space to find out what we have planned!
Last year the theme was ‘Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu – Giving Back is Giving Forward’ and we focused on celebrating youth volunteering in Kāpiti. The Youth of the Day project highlighted six amazing young people who volunteer in their community.
Last year Kāpiti Youth Festival was organised by the Youth Council in partnership with Ngā Kākano. Check out photos on our facebook page.
The Action Plan outlines the joint commitments the Council and the Youth Council make to young people in the District aged 12 – 24 years of age. The Action Plan seeks to improve the quality of life for young people living in the District. It also seeks be nefits for the District through increased youth participation in decision-making in core Council business.
The Youth Council manages the content, advancement and structure of the Action Plan in partnership with the Council. Each year the Youth Council direct their programme of work to progress towards the overall outcomes and goals of the Action Plan.
There are five goals in the Youth Action Plan.
GOAL 1: Communities which are safe for and supportive of our diverse youth communities. Young people want safe and healthy communities which rspect and include young people. Communities where adults and young people respect each other, where cultural diversity is celebrated.
GOAL 2: A council which values and listens to its young people. Local government decisions have a significant impact on young people and their lives and young people want to contribute to decision-making. Good youth participation in Council decision-making processes can improve the quality of services received by young people now and in the future.
GOAL 3: A District which has youth friendly spaces and places. Community places and spaces such as parks, pools and beaches are important for young people across the District. The youth centre will provide a second 'home' for young people and activities held in community places will strengthen young people's connection to them.
GOAL 4: A District where there is lot for young people to do. Young people want meaningful activities to engage in. They want paid employment and need help to find work at times. They want to get creative and try new things. Cost is a barrier for many young people and low cost and free opportunities are needed.
GOAL 5: A District which supports strong positive youth development. Young people need lots of help as they face the issues, challenges and opportunities of growing up. Positive youth development is a process which we can contribute to, helping young people reach their full potential.
The Kāpiti Coast Youth Survey 2016 (Youth Survey) and information gathered from other engagement processes in 2015 and 2016 infrom the goals and aims of the Action Plan.
The survey captured the voices of over 15 percent of the youth population aged between 12-24 years. Most of the survey respondants were aged between 12-18 years of age. The survey respondants were represenative of young people across the district. Ōtaki was well represented with over 10 percent of survey respondants.
The key findings were that:
Zeal Education Trust have been contracted by the Council to deliver the Youth Development Centre in Paraparaumu and satellite services out in other communities across our District. The fact that Council has the youth development centre is one of the Council's key projects in FutureKāpiti - long term plan 2015-35. The journey started in 2010 when the Youth Council identified the need for a youth centre through a district-wide youth survey. The Youth Council then used the Council's Long Term Plan consultation process to raise awareness in the commmunity of youth needs, promote the youth centre concept and foster community support.
Since then, the Youth Council has been involved throughout the development phase. The Youth Council participated in the Council’s community advisory group which investigated the feasibility of the initiative in 2012/13 and recommended the establishment of a youth centre. They were also represented on the evaluation panel which recommended Zeal as the preferred provider for the Youth Development Centre.
In 2016, the Youth Council's Youth Survey and local college consultations undertaken with Zeal gained further information from young people about what their needs and wishes were in relation to the Youth Development Centre. Their thoughts and opinions will inform the final design and services of the Youth Development Centre.
We are thrilled to have Zeal Kāpiti delivering this model and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them when the facility is opened.
-Check out our Kāpiti Coast Youth Council facebook page
-Find us on Instagram at kcyouthcouncil
-E-mail us at email@example.com