YOUTH WEEK MAY 9-17 2020
A NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK PROJECT 9th – 17th May 2020
E korero ana mātou. E whakarongo ana koutou? / We’re speaking. Are you listening?
Whanake Youth believe that National Youth Week goes in line with our mission of empowering rangatahi to participate and lead their journey from adolescence to adulthood with the support of community and whanau. Youth week is about highlighting young people’s successes and empowering them to contribute in their community, which is exactly what Whanake Youth’s purpose is when working alongside rangatahi.
We have two projects for local rangatahi to participate in:
“MY STORY” Art Project
Young people can be as creative as they wish with this.We are asking rangatahi in Nelson and Tasman to take part in this art project as an opportunity for them to share their own stories with the community.Stories could be about a journey of personal growth, the journey of their ancestors, an important time in their life, something that makes them feel different or special, the options are limited.It is your story and we are ready and willing to listen.
Art can be anything that is creative and tells a story through creative expression.This could be for example, but not limited to: painting, drawing, writing, poetry, photography, sculpture, weaving, carving, mosaic, tapestry, film, graffiti, ceramics, etc.The most important part is that your piece is telling your story and the public can “listen” to your story by viewing your piece.
Registrations are open to all young people in Nelson/Tasman from the age of 13 – 25.Registrations can be for an individual or group piece.Once a young person/group has completed the registration form, they will be given a prezzy card to help pay for art supplies.Whanake Youth does not want the lack of supplies to prevent anyone from being able to participate.
Whanake Youth will also run some workshops for rangatahi to attend, who wish to work alongside others and get assistance with their pieces.Whanake youth will provide some supplies at these events, but not much, as it is not known what is needed by the young people attending.So, we suggest you bring your piece and supplies with you.There will also be local artists at these workshops to help people where needed.These will be advertised at schools and on our Facebook page.
All pieces need to be finished by the 8th of May and ready to exhibit for National Youth Week, 9th – 17th May 2020.The exhibition location will be advertised closer to the date, when a venue has been confirmed.Any piece that is finished before that date can be given to staff at Whanake Youth to keep safe until then.
The public will vote on their favourite piece and a prize will be given to the winner.This will be announced at the end of Youth Week.
All those who registered and received a prezzy card will be expected to present a piece for youth week.
“MY STORY” Film
The second project by Whanake Youth as part of National Youth Week, is a film that will be created by local rangatahi, featuring rangatahi from Nelson/Tasman.Again, the film is titled “My Story” and is an opportunity for young people to share their stories with others through film.
Local youth will be going around secondary schools and places that youth gather interviewing any rangatahi that is interested in sharing their stories.These can be any personal story that the young person wants to share.The film will then be edited by youth and presented over National Youth Week and during the Art project exhibition.
This will be another opportunity for the community to “listen” to what young people of Nelson/Tasman have to say.To hear about their journeys, hardships, concerns, and to find ways to support local rangatahi, how they feel will be best for them.