Whangarei Youth Space opened in 2014 in response to a need identified by Whangarei young people, and the wider community, for a safe, welcoming youth-focused space in central Whangarei. The aim was to provide a place of belonging, easy access to support, development opportunities, and youth-specific health services.
Today, WYS attracts around 5500 visits annually to our social space, and provides around 1600 health consultations. We attract a diverse range of young people, with rangatahi Māori making up over 80% of our users.
We work on a model of a youth / adult partnership which sees young people aged 18 to 24 take 50% of the trustee roles on our board. We also have around 30 young people each year who are actively involved in WYS in leadership roles. Want to find out more about Youth Adult Partnerships – click here
A PDF of our current strategy is available for download.
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Our Team and their roles.