Sharing Hope: Co-creating understandings of what gives young people hope

Youth-Led Summary of the Research

Rangatahi and Hope

Young people do better in life when they feel a sense of hope – when they have a long- term focus and faith in their future and that of the people close to them, the wider community or their environment. Hope motivates and gives us a sense of purpose - it helps us keep going and striving, even when things are tough.

The Collaborative Trust, with generous support from the Oakley Foundation, recently completed some youth-led research exploring the concept of hope, what it means for rangatahi, what builds feelings of hope and what gets in the way of feeling hopeful. We asked young people how we can help young people feel more hopeful.

What did we find out? (Anei nga kete matauranga) We know is easier for rangatahi to feel a sense of hope when they:

●  have access to the financial resources and opportunities needed to support their hopes

●  are aware of their mental and physical health and understand their hauora / wellbeing needs

●  have supportive whānau and friends around them who accept them for who they are

●  feel good about themselves

●  have access to the practical and emotional supports they need in order to thrive

And it is often more difficult for rangatahi to feel a sense of hope when:

●  poverty is a big part of their journey

●  opportunities are limited

●  people judge them and decide things about them and what they are capable of

based on their ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality, age, faith etc.

●  people close to them try to control them

●  they face mental and physical health challenges but struggle to access supports

to overcome these

●  they don’t believe in themselves

●  they lack influence and feelings of power to be able to change things for the



Rangatahi told us a lot about how they could help themselves to feel more hopeful. They also told us a lot about how young people could help their friends and others around them.

What can you do for yourself and other rangatahi to feel more hopeful?

Ma wai i ora ai?

●  Whaia te whakaohoho - Find ways to experience and express joy – do things that inspire you and others

●  Manaakitanga - Practice acts of kindness and generosity, and take notice of the kindness you receive from others

●  He kai kei aku ringa - Be mindful of your skills and strengths and the part these things can play in your future and the future of others

●  Aroha mai, aroha atu - Practise being the friend to others that you need for yourself – listen, encourage, play and laugh together

Ko wai ou kaiarahi?

●  Spend time with the role models in your whānau and your community who believe in you, and encourage your friends to spend time with their own role models

●  Make your voice heard about things that you are passionate about
Some of the rangatahi interviewed in our research were asked to identify a whakatauki,

a proverb, that captured hope.

Ka mate kainga tahi, ka ora kainga rua

This tells us that from challenges come the opportunities to make positive change to the world we live in.


If you want to find out more about this research, check out The Collaborative Trust’s website,