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MYD’s Youth Development Funding Stream: Supporting Wellbeing of Young People in New Zealand

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi announces Youth Development Funding Stream 2019/2020 with an aim to support the wellbeing of young people (12 to 24 years) through a youth development approach.

Principles

Applicants to the Youth Development funding stream need to show how their programmes are informed by the youth development body of knowledge including how they:

  • address the holistic needs of young people – physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual; seeing young people as whole people, rather than the sum of their parts or perceived ‘problems’
  • see young people as a part of their families and communities, and help to actively and positively connect young people to these and other social environments
  • see young people as resourceful and capable, working with them (and their families and communities) to build on their strengths, and focus on enhancing protective factors like a strong sense of identity and belonging, that help young people to deal with challenges
  • build relationships with young people that are genuine, respectful, warm, manaenhancing, non-judgemental and have clear boundaries
  • support young people to participate meaningfully, increasing their sense of agency and their understanding of their own ability to contribute to decisions which affect them, at all levels in society; value young people, and see them as active participants rather than recipients of a programme
  • are based on good information about what works, including quality research and evaluation which involves young people.

Funding Information

The total value of this fund for the 2019/2020 financial year is approximately $3 million.

Outcomes

Applicants to this funding stream need to show how their programmes will contribute to wellbeing outcomes for young people. These will vary for different young people and in different communities, but general youth wellbeing outcomes listed below are expected to be present in all programmes funded in this stream:

  • Young people have a sense of belonging, they feel connected to communities.
  • Young people are able to explore their culture and identity and feel positive about who they are.
  • Young people have a sense of contributing to society; their opinions are listened to and valued.
  • Young people understand their strengths; they feel equipped to deal with adversity or change.

Assessment Criteria

  • Applications to the Youth Development funding stream will be assessed against the following criteria:
    • Wellbeing outcomes: How well the programme is assessed as being able to deliver on wellbeing outcomes for young people including belonging, connection, identity, contribution, feeling valued, understanding strengths, and feeling equipped to deal with adversity.
    • Responding to need: How well the programme is assessed as responding to a real need identified within the community where it will be delivered, including how well young people, and others in the community have been involved in developing this as a solution for their community.
    • Holistic: How well the programme is assessed as being able to address the holistic needs of young people.
    • Positively connecting: How well the programme is assessed as being able to actively and positively connect young people to their families, communities and other social environments, fostering a sense of belonging.
    • Strengths-based: How well the programme is assessed as taking a strengthsbased approach to working with young people, including how the project will enhance protective factors to help young people deal with challenges.
    • Young people’s contribution: How well it looks like young people will be supported to participate meaningfully in the programme, including at a decision making level, and how young people will be supported to increase their sense of agency and their belief in their own ability to contribute to society.
  • MYD aims to support equitable access to positive youth development programmes. To help ‘level the playing field’, the Minister for Youth has identified seven priority areas for particular focus. MYD aims to target at least 50% of Youth Development funding to these areas:
    • Rangatahi Māori
    • Young Pacific peoples
    • Young women
    • Young people from the Rainbow community
    • Young people with disabilities
    • Young people from ethnic communities (in particular those from a refugee and migrant background)
    • Young people living in the regions
  • Applications for programmes aiming to specifically support young people from one or more of these priority areas will need to clearly state how the proposed programme responds to these priorities. Consideration may also be given to:
    • an applicant’s history of delivering youth development programmes
    • the geographic location where the project will be delivered, to assist MYD to support a spread of projects across Aotearoa.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Through the Youth Development funding stream, MYD provides funding to organisations to support the delivery of youth development programmes that align to the principles and deliver the outcomes detailed above.
  • Applications will only be considered for programmes for young people aged 12 to 24, living in Aotearoa New Zealand.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

Deadline: 22 February 2019

For more information, please visit Youth Development Funding.