Maori role model behind the youth program

Moeawa Fransen

Mixing of Chris Davidson’s selection | Managing Director at Youthtown

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The Center for Arts and Social Transformation or CAST at the University of Auckland has partnered with YouthTown for a youth in care or alternative education program.

The Center for Arts and Social Transformation or CAST at the University of Auckland has partnered with YouthTown for a youth in care or alternative education program.

YouthTown CEO Chris Davidson says the GROW program grew out of research done by Shirley Ikkla, a fellow Ngāti Whātua teacher.

It combines YouthTown’s mix of art, leisure and sports with the Maori framework of Nga Uri Ō, which encourages expanding one’s understanding of one’s place in the world in relation to others through three interrelated ideas: ko wai au ( who am I ?) ; ko wai koe (who are you?) and ko wai tātou (who are we?).

“So it’s about taking methodologies like this, implementing them into programs in a way that’s seamless, young people show up and have fun and feel supported, but behind that there are role models based on evidence that we can assess and continue to improve,” Davidson said.


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