Youth Week happens 21-29 May 2016 - now's the time to get thinking about events, activities and opportunities where you can champion young people and youth development!
This year's theme is all about giving: whether it's the way you support your family, your friends or your community, whether you it's the volunteer work you do, the help you give to your neighbours or the way you create space for others who are different from you,whether it's about sharing your opinions, your voice, your stories or casting your vote when you have the opportunity. This year we want to hear about what you give and the gifts you receive - the hands, hearts and energy that have helped you on your journey.
For the older generation it's about how we engage with the young people in our lives - whether it's sharing our stories, supporting them to achieve their dreams or being a listening ear when life gets tough.
It's also about celebrating what all the people who work with young people bring to support our young people and our communities in Aotearoa. To celebrate we are launching the new section of our website which showcases examples of great practice across the country. Share your story or nominate someone else
#Shareyourvoice - what young people are saying about 'Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu'
Thanks to the young people who are part of Shakti Youth for sharing their voices and ideas!
Announcing the winner of the Youth Week 2016 Poster Design
Congratulations and thank you to Jurnee Pritchard-Scouller from Hamilton Girls' High School who created this year's Youth Week poster design! To make sure you get your copy email us your postal address
Are you planning a Youth Week event?
We'd love to hear about it and promote the awesome work you are doing!
Ara Taiohi's first ever Youth Week Spoken Word Competition!
Thank you to everyone who entered Ara Taiohi's first ever Youth Week Spoken Word Poetry Competition!
We're really excited about the entries we received and will be announcing the results during Youth Week 2016. There are some awesome prizes for the top three entries!
Want some Youth Week resources?
Send us an email with your physical address and we'll make sure you get a pack in the mail in April!
Thanks to everyone who voted for this year's theme and to Wellington High Schools students who helped us fine-tune the shortlist.
Keep an eye on this page for updates. If you would like to join our Youth Week e-news send us an email
Youth Week 2016 is made possible with support from the Ministry of Youth Development and our partnership with Shakti.
Thank you to everyone who got involved with Youth Week 2015!
From 23-31 May 2015 we celebrated 'We are the future/Kō tātau te ao o āpōpō.'
Ara Taiohi Youth Week is about recognising the amazing contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand. We loved seeing the different ways local communities developed events and activities that valued, supported and affirmed the diversity of young people in our society.
Check out our Youth Week 2015 photo gallery below to learn about all the great events that happened around the country or check our Youth Week resources to learn more about Youth Week 2015.
If you have photos of Youth Week events that you were involved in (and permission to share them publicly) please send us an email we'd love to celebrate your work our website.
Ara Taiohi Youth Week 2015 was supported by the Ministry of Youth Development, Deaf Aotearoa, Magnet and Adprint Ltd.