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Winter Community Newsletter 2010 - Youthline Turns 40

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Winter Community Newsletter 2010
Therapeutic Texting
Measuring Outcomes for Young People
Youthline Teams Up With MyiD
Our Partnership with Massey University
Manukau Centre Development
Youthline Receptionist Goes To Outward Bound
Youthline Turns 40
A Young Person's Journey With YTS
Urge Interview
Youthline Alternative Education
Research Symposium
Youthline Marae Stay 2010
Epsom house
Youth Mentoring Is
Something Worth Reading
Clinical Services Integration
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Youthline Turns 40

Past and present friends and members of ‘Youthline Wellington’ celebrated Youthline’s 40th year anniversary by providing telephone support to New Zealand’s youth this month at their ‘Ruby Celebration’.


DJ Kava of Fried Chicken Soundsystem and Bar Manager ‘Eddy’ were on hand to ensure a successful evening celebrating 40 years of giving back to the youth of our community at Zeal, one of Wellington’s prime youth venues.


The Youthline concept was initiated in 1970 by Father Felix Donnelly in Auckland after it was noticed that exisiting services were not reaching the younger population. Youthline Wellington, taking over from the then drop-in organisation Teen-Aid, began the following year with the aim to provide local counselling by youth for youth. This remains one of its great strengths today. “While many things have changed since the service first began as a telephone-only support service, the same goals remain, such as the emphasis we place on encouraging, facilitating and supporting the rights of young people to make their own decisions.”


Youthline Wellington, operating within the Youthline national framework, continues to provide a unique service in the Wellington region across to Nelson and Marlborough where those who are most up to date with what it is like to be young, youth, are encouraged to take on a leadership role of as volunteer counsellors or supporting education visits. Ellen Anderson, Education Coordinator, describes this development of local youth as “a ‘youth for youth’ focus providing unique opportunities for young people to connect with other young people.”


Youthline’s activities in Wellington include supporting the 24 hour helpline and texting service, covered by over 60 trained volunteer counsellors, and a range of education programmes and community education sessions. Youthline Wellington’s Coordinator Vicki Beachen believes that the success of the non-profit organisation lies in the passion and commitment of its volunteers. “Most of our volunteers are aged between 18 and 30. They give hundreds of hours each year on top of their work or studies to support New Zealand’s young people”.