Archives for: December 2015

There were 2 posts published in December 2015.

Youth Week 2016 grants are now open!

Youth Week 2016 grants fund events that celebrate the contribution young New Zealanders make to their communities with the support of the Ministry of Youth Development and celebrate ‘Aroha Atu, Aroha Mai – Giving Back is Giving Forward’.

Youth Week grants aim to:

  • Support young people’s participation in the planning and delivery of Youth Week events in their communities.
  • Promote and celebrate positive images of young people; showcasing their talents, achievements, creativity and contributions to the community.
  • Create spaces for young people to share their thoughts and ideas with other members of the community.

Only applications received from Ara Taiohi members and schools will be considered. If you are not sure if you are a member check out if your organisation is listed here or contact Wendy.

Youth Week events must:

  • Fit with the Youth Week theme: ‘Aroha Atu, Aroha Mai’ ‘Giving Back is Giving Forward’. Find out more about the theme and key messages
  • Use a positive youth development approach to design, develop, deliver and evaluate the Youth Week event.
  • Ensure youth participation is a key feature of the event from its inception to closing.
  • Positively promote young people by showcasing their talents, achievements and contributions to the community.

Funding limitations:

  • The grant is for an event that runs during Youth Week 2016, 21-29 May 2016.
  • Grants are limited to between $350-1000.
  • Only a very small proportion (less than 10% or $50) of the entire grant is able to be used for prizes.
  • All successful recipients must share photos and details of their event on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed (providing that permission has been obtained from the people featured in the photos).

Applications open from 16 December 2015 until 21 February 2016. A panel of young people will review applications and allocate the funds.

Download the full grant criteria
Download the application form
Find out more about Youth Week


Ecology and Hope

On 8 January 2016, world renowned eco-theologian Professor Celia Deane- Drummond, of the University of Notre Dame USA, will present at the Ecology and Hope conference at Carey Baptist College, Auckland offering theological and ethical reflection on conservation. The conference is co-sponsored by Arocha NZ, Sisters of Mercy and Caritas.

The Presbyterian Church is looking for 10 young adults (under 30)  to attend on behalf of the Church. The Church will pay the $75 registration, provide lunch, and in return, you will interviewed by a SPANZ journalist who will be writing an article about Caring for Creation. If you care about Ecology, tell us in two sentences why you want to attend before this Friday (4 Dec) at noon. (