About

Find out a little bit more about what we do

We are a network of agencies and young people aged 11-24 working in partnership to strengthen the youth sector by: enhancing communication, coordination and cooperation.

Through this we enable engagement for all young people in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.

 

How did the TYDT come about?

  • A small group of people who worked in the youth sector began meeting on an informal basis 6 years ago. There was concern at gaps that were apparent in the youth sector and we wanted to do something about that.
  • There are a fantastic range of youth agencies and service providers in Tauranga but collective provision for youth in our city was not well coordinated. Attempts to do this in the past have not lasted for very long and we believe it is essential good practice for workers to be familiar and engaging with the full range agencies and services providers.
  • There was no collective expression of youth participation in Tauranga and no youth voice shaping youth development.
  • And so it began – our journey as a team and now as an organisation that is dedicated to the development of our young people – by encouraging a strong collective of youth providers and engaged young people.

Our Goals

  • To increase youth participation and inclusion in all agencies and service providers – a collaborative approach resulting in active outcomes not just talk.
  • To be the forum of choice/reference group for those wanting input into strategic planning for services, events and policies that impact on young people.
  • Agencies and service providers involved make a commitment to endorse and practice: “access to every agency and service from any agency and service”.
  • To be the recognised platform for interagency communication, coordination and cooperation around youth services.
  • To see the successful fulfilment of our 10 year Strategic Plan


 Our Values

  • Focus on a strength based approach to youth strategy and services.
  • Ensure we are providing options for youth – not directives.
  • Commitment to a community development model that will model vision and direction to the future generations of young people in Tauranga.

 

 How will we achieve our goals?

  • Through regular contact and communication between agencies –  through meetings, email & monthly newsletters.
  • Using the guidelines set in the Youth Development Strategy of Aoteoroa as the base for youth participation and engagement.

 

This says that Youth Development:

  • Is shaped by the ‘big picture’
  • Is about young people being connected
  • Is based on a consistent strengths based approach
  • Happens through quality relationships
  • Is triggered when young people fully participate
  • Needs good information

The Tauranga Youth Development Team has two groups:

 

Youth Services Network

Youth Services Network

This group will have:

The Youth Services Network enables regular contact with agencies and service providers. This includes the provision of a supportive network that assists and acts as an advocate for these agencies.

For more information please refer here

Voice of Youth Development

Voice of Youth Development

This group will have:

This group is made up of young people from throughout the Tauranga region and acts as a voice for their peers. Supported the Youth Services Network, this group is encouraged to be youth led and youth driven.

For more information please refer here