Celebrate Youth Week together
Every May, young people, youth organisations come together to celebrate the youth in their communities. The annual festival from May 8-16 is co-ordinated by Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development who, supported by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sport New Zealand, provide grants for youth-led events across New Zealand. “We are all about amplifying young people and acknowledging their capacity to contribute to their community.” says Shannan Wong, Youth Week director. “This year’s theme We’re Stronger Together is all about Youth Week engaging with a wider range of young people and their communities.” This year Ara Taiohi awarded over 80 grants to young people and community organisations across Aotearoa. CCS Disability Action, a national disability support and advocacy organisation, is supporting event organisers by connecting them to regional co-ordinators. “We want all young people to have access to community and by supporting Youth Week, we are starting the conversation around accessibility, making us stronger together.” says Tyler Ngatai, youth services co-ordinator, CCS Disability Action. An accessible event toolkit has been developed to support Youth Week grant recipients to plan and deliver accessible events. Deaf Aotearoa, the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand, has translated this guide into NZSL. “We are so excited about the role Youth Week 2021 will have in increasing opportunities for all young people to celebrate their value to the wider landscape of Aotearoa,” says Shannan.