To support healthy, mana enhancing development of rangatahi (young people) in Aotearoa
To be responsive to the needs of those who work with or support rangatahi through:
We ensure people working with or supporting young people have access to high quality information about healthy youth development relevant to rangatahi in Aotearoa, New Zealand by producing:
We ensure the voices of rangatahi are included in the knowledge base about healthy youth development because:
We advocate for evidence-informed policy and practice that enhances healthy youth development by:
The Collaborative Trust began in 2003 with community meetings at which the three goals of research, training and advocacy were agreed on. After a scoping project in 2004 the new Trust was registered in 2005, and a manager appointed. The structure of the organization was developed by the board to formalize the function of training and research committees with chairpersons and a Director. These were all staffed by volunteers. The first activity of the Trust was to run a seminar series giving local researchers the opportunity to share their work with the community. Our first one day hui was based around local researchers talking about their work with the community . This has grown to a two day national hui with a pre-hui workshop. We have undertaken many funded research, evaluation and training contracts both nationally and locally. Topic based workshops have been the most recent training activity and a Youth Health and Development resource manual has been sold across the country to a wide range of professionals. The finances of the Trust have been built to the extent that we are supported by a part-time Research and Evaluation, Training and Administration Manager. All other work is supported by our dedicated team of contractors and volunteers.
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