Youth Sector Forum

Youth Sector Forum

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Are you 16-25?
Does your organisation work with youth?
Do you share the Mayor’s Taskforce vision of all young people under 25 years are engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other activities that contribute to their long-term economic independence and well-being?

Then this Youth Sector Forum is for you!

South Taranaki District Council, in conjunction with Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, is bringing a Youth Sector Forum to South Taranaki on Friday 20 July, featuring guest speakers Marcus Akuhata-Brown, Otorohanga Mayor Dale Williams and Celia Lashlie.

The aim of the day is to get a group of like-minded people together to focus on the challenges and solutions to youth employment and positive youth engagement in the community, which will be done through two free sessions throughout the day.

9.30 -11.45am; The Youth Forum
This session is for youth (16 - 25 years old) to share their aspirations and thoughts on work, education and training. Facilitated by renowned speaker Marcus Akuhata-Brown, who has led a number of innovative alternative education programmes addressing the learning needs of youth at risk and young offenders.  Marcus has done everything from meeting the Queen and dining with members of the Royal family to working with the poor and marginalised in countries around the world.  

11.30am – 4pm: The Youth Sector Forum
This session is for those working with youth who will hear from the attendees of the morning session and also hear the inspirational speakers Otorohanga Mayor and Chair of Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Mayor Dale Williams and Celia Lashlie. Celia Lashlie is a Youth Advocate and author of “The Journey to Prison – Who goes and why?”; “He’ll be OK: – Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men; and “The Power of Mothers – Releasing our children”.

This forum is following on from a successful Employers Breakfast hosted at the beginning of the month by South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop with the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs team. This event brought together over 50 business people, educators and others interested in reducing this district’s youth unemployment rate.

Youth Sector Forum - Friday 20 July
Both sessions are free to attend
South Taranaki District Council Chambers, Albion St, Hawera
Please register your interest by 4pm Wednesday 18 July by emailing or phoning 0800 111 323
For more information, please visit

More information on the featured speakers:

Marcus Akuhata-Brown
Marcus motivates and inspires people to hit higher levels of performance. He grew up on the East Coast of New Zealand and is a qualified teacher. Over the past seven years, he has travelled all over the world as both a national and international representative. He founded a global consultancy in 200 and is currently involved in a number of education and training initiaves. He is also a previous director on the international board of CIVICUS and a member of the Commonwealth Youth Caucus.
He’s a gifted communicator – he’s done everything from meeting the Queen and dining with members of the Royal family to working with the poor and marginalized in countries around the world.

Celia Lashlie
Researcher and social justice advocate Celia Lashlie is the author of two best-selling books.
She was the first female prison officer to work in a male prison in New Zealand, starting at Rimutaka Prison in December 1985, Celia became the Manager of Christchurch Women's Prison in 1996. Since leaving Corrections in 1999, she has continued to work in a number of areas linked to at-risk children, her work focusing on ways in which to stem the flow of so many of New Zealand's young people into prison. The two tenets underpinning her work, are her belief that all children are born filled with magic, their own unique brand of magic and that communities, rather than central government, hold the answers to the problems New Zealand is facing in terms of the negative statistics of child abuse, prison numbers and social disconnection.
Celia has a degree in Maori and Anthropology, is the mother of two adult children and now has two gorgeous grandsons. She lives in Wellington.

Dale Williams – Chair of Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs
Otorohanga Mayor Dale Williams has a life-long passion for young people, trades training, and supporting young people into employment opportunities within their own communities. The Otorohanga district is considered a leading example of how remarkable outcomes for youth employment and positive engagement can be achieved, by following simple but effective principles. Dale's practical, hands on approach to helping communites successfully develop their own solutions is proving very popular with community leaders, employers, educators, providers, and anyone with an interest in the Community. Dale enjoys sharing his experiences, and is an enthusiastic and entertaining presenter on Community development, the roll of Local Government in social development, providing youth opportunities, training and employment, and of course everything motorcycling!