From the 9th-11th August the Social Services MAG team headed to Wellington for the National Youth Health and Development Conference Involve 2021. Involve is the biggest event in the youth sectors calendar and is run by four organisations from the wider health and development sector: Ara Taiohi, NZ Youth Mentoring Network, SYHPANZ & The Collaborative Trust. Whilst the four organisations remain the same for each conference, the theme, location and managing team changes which means that no two Involves are the same.
This year’s Involve theme was Our Waka, New Seas and it did not disappoint; we all had a fun time! Some of the highlights included several keynote speakers such as Dame Sue Bagshaw, Dr Terryann Clark and Ihorangi Rewiti- Peters. Some of the breakout session topics covered were program design and delivery, mental health & wellbeing, youth voice, youth participation, power, and ethics & cultural identity. We were all super grateful to be able to attend this conference and are looking forward to putting some of the ideas and new learnings into practice with the team at Number 10.