Poutoko: Impact Project Update -The Rangatahi Opportunity

Since the launch of our Case for Change in October 2022, we have shared the report with over 200 youth wellbeing stakeholders in the Waikato and beyond. The Case for Change has also been relied on by other youth organisations, such as Hamilton City Council and SEED Waikato, to guide their kaupapa.

Key areas and ways where we have remained active include:

Youth Friendly Employers

WWP Project Innovator Joe Wilson and Hamilton City Council Youth Advisor Zeta Mohn are co-leading the development of a youth sector organisation designed code of ethics and tool kit for employers to adopt and embed in their businesses.  Our industry partners in this kaupapa are Vision Complete Earthworks  and their ‘Stronger Together’ Business collective and the E2E brokers at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa  and K’aute Pasifika .

Currently we have collected the voices, skills and insights of all youth sector organisations in Hamilton and many within the wider region. We have also collected youth insights from the Synergy Group with Te Ahurei who advised on what a good employer is to them. This is a powerful piece of work that will provide tangible outcomes for regional groups such as the MBIE-led Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) and Te Waka to use youth sector led and industry collaboration to solve the challenges faced around youth employability.

Next steps are a co-design with industry and youth workers to go over the research and insights to develop a code of ethics for employers that are realistic and achievable. It will also start the next conversation around how employers can support youth in the community and help other businesses become youth centric in their ethics, policy and practice. Video content is to be used to document this process to be shared to demonstrate innovation and best practice.

Manaaki Rangatahi - Ending Youth Homelessness Kaupapa

This kaupapa is a community led initiative started in Auckland and now in the Waikato. It is a collective of organisations who work in youth housing, homelessness, family support etc. WWP's role in this would be to awhi with resources to do research when the collective are ready and video stories to capture the movement to serve a purpose that elevates the cause and gains support.  This is also a great opportunity for the WWP to be actively associated with this kaupapa as an advocate to raise awareness and attract support from other organisations.