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Autumn Community Newsletter 2010

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Autumn Community Newsletter 2010
Remembering Brad Cameron
Brad Cameron's Memorial Dinner
Put your Hands up for Vodafone
The Ultimate Outward Bound Experience
Askew Teams up with Youthline
Check M8
Youthline and Te Ara Taiohi
Cherrill Rave and the Tohu Project
Youthline's Annual Art Competition
Alt-Ed Athletics Day
Urge Update - Paige Herab
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CEO Editorial

On January 28, Prime Minister John Key visited the Youthline Ponsonby Centre. Mr Key was a special guest who unveiled a plaque in celebration of Youthline’s 40th year anniversary. The excerpt below is drawn from Youthline Auckland CEO and National Spokesperson Stephen Bell’s address to the Prime Minister and gathered guests.


Kia orana, Talofa lava, Melo le lei, Assaalmu Alaykum, Namaste, Greetings, Kia ora tatou  

I acknowledge the Prime Minister for being here with us. That you have taken the time to acknowledge the work of the 8 generations of young people who have been at the forefront of this organisation is very much appreciated.

Thank you to you all for joining us in these celebrations marking 40 years of service in communities across New Zealand. I am honoured to speak on behalf of the over 800 staff (720 volunteer and 80 paid) from across the country who work hard to make a very real difference in people’s life.

At the centre of all we do are young people who are involved not only as recipients of services but in leadership positions in all aspects of our work.

It is easy to quote statistic showing that too many young people are struggling; it is much harder to tell the stories of immense courage that we have witnessed with people facing and moving on from the most horrendous situations finding new strength and resilience.

There are great things happening in our world where old paradigms are changing. Young people are often at the forefront of these changes. We are learning to be a more emotionally literate society where reaching out when we are struggling is ok even for staunch rugby players!

Over the forty years there has been substantial social change to the structure of families; however we are learning that it is the quality of the relationships that wraps around young people which makes the difference and which needs to be the bedrock of our society not the structure.

If young people and families are struggling, then it is vital that the community works together; building connectivity that catches and engages young people.

Partnership is vital; Youthline is in fact 7 separate legal entities working together with a common vision that all young people are central to a caring community and are supported to reach their potential.

This partnership philosophy extends to the many organisations that we work with in making a difference in communities across New Zealand.

The cliché is that it takes a village to raise a child is very true. The village we work in at times can be very complex perhaps demonstrated best by the range of contractual relationships and the too many audits this organisation manages each year and the intense competition for funds.

However without the village Youthline would not be here today. We are proud to work with government but it is the diversity of support that has swung behind Youthline that enables Youthline to be resilient and to move more towards a sustainable model that needs to be the shape of social services in the future.

The relationships around a young person are critical in creating the environment that fosters their potential – it is the same with a Youth centered community based service, without the family of supporters around us we would not reach our potential – there are so many people to thank that I can’t cover everyone – you are all important in enabling so much to happen. Thank you.

In conclusion I acknowledge the Youthline people, those who have come before and those that now make up the team at Youthline.

Thank you for your passion, your courage, your skill and your belief in young people and the community.

Nei reira
Tena koutou
Tena koutou
Tena koutou katoa.

Stephen Bell

Youthline CEO