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Youth Development Programme

Youthline Wellington has been running a Youth Development Programme (YDP) since 2011.

The Youth Development Programme 2017 partners with schools in Wellington City, Porirua, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa to offer self awareness, self management, communication and interpersonal skills to gateway students wanting to continue on into counselling, teaching, social work, the police force, the medical field or youth work.

Sessions are weekly from 4-6pm at local one stop shop's in Pember house (Porirua), Vibe (Hutt Valley) and Evolve (Wellington City). 

During the programme young people complete a project to help their community. Check out the video made by YDP 2015 about Domestic Violence here.

Check out Wellington City YDP 2016 Radio Broadcast about Mental Health here

Check out Hutt Valley YDP 2016 Radio Broadcast about Mental Health here

The programme is aimed at year 13 gateway or STAR students, and runs in terms 2 and 3. The programme is facilitated by 3 local youth workers, social workers and counsellors and participants gain 23, level 3 credits that can contribute towards their attainment of New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work NCEA Level 3. If you've got any questions please email youthdevelopment.wgtn@youthline.co.nz otherwise follow the link below to apply.

Here's what people have said about their experiences in our YDP:

 “I enjoy the interaction between the group and facilitators and how they’re interested in how you are and what you've been doing and genuinely interested in your opinion or comments towards the topic at hand. I'm getting friends out of this course and people skills learning from other people's experiences and how even though we're from different backgrounds we’re still important.”

“Meeting new people, great food, great experience in relation to Youthline, cool facilitators, great environment to share ideas in, it’s an honour to have been part of this course”

“Communicating with people was easier, lots of good active games”

“I am enjoying getting to know everyone who is coming along and learning skills and knowledge on interaction with people.”

“Lots of fun, very interesting and made me want to come back every fortnight”

“I enjoy learning about how we handle ourselves in different ways throughout different challenges in life. I have learnt about the Treaty of Waitangi in a much better way compared to learning it at school.”

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