Youth Leadership Symposium: The Youth Wellbeing Conference for Young Leaders

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Start Date
Tue, 25 October 2022 - 9:00 am
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Whāraurau invites you to attend: 

Youth Leadership Symposium: The Youth Wellbeing Conference for Young Leaders

supported by the Ministry of Health

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre


Whāraurau, in partnership with Te Whatu Ora, is hosting the Youth Leadership Symposium 2022; a full-day youth-powerful hui that brings together over one hundred passionate young leaders, between the ages of sixteen and thirty years old, from across the Pacific region to talk on the topic of youth wellbeing.

Whilst creating a space for youth leaders to connect, learn and problem solve, the purpose of the Youth Leadership Symposium 2022 will be to create a declaration that highlights the enablers, challenges and recommendations by young people in the context of youth well-being.  It will provide a list of tangible actions and initiatives that NGOs, government agencies, and organisations can implement to further improve the state of youth wellbeing, both nationally and internationally.   

Topics of the hui will include: education, employment, equity, government, healthcare governance, social media and technology, hauora, identity and experience, society and whānau – all through the prism of youth wellbeing.

The declaration developed during the conference will be presented to the mental health sector leaders at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) Exchange 2022 Network Meeting, by the Whāraurau Youth Advisory Team, on Wednesday 26 October.


Who Can Attend? 

The event is open to the public and we are looking to host between one hundred to one hundred-fifty rangatahi (aged between 16 and 30) from across the country. Attendees do not need to have lived experience of mental distress or accessing mental health services to participate. We ask attendees to explain their relationship to youth well-being, whether that be through tertiary studies, professional experience, community work, volunteering, or other means. Our main priority is to have passionate and engaged young people in attendance.  

Those who are outside of the specified age range may be permitted as spectators, however there is only a limited number of spaces for this, as the focus of the day is on the youth attendees. 

There is no cost to attend.

There will also be funding available to support travel and accommodation costs for young people to attend the conference. This will be available via application only, with specific criteria that will apply.


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