Youthline is passionate about making sure that young people's voices are heard and represented - both within our organisation (to make sure our services provide the type of service young people want to use!) to government, the media and other organisations.
We work closely with young people to make sure that when Youthline speaks out about something, it reflects young people's voices and views.
A few ways in which we do this:
- Working alongside groups of young people that meet regularly (Youth Advisory Groups) to support and feedback on Youthline's work and services and feed back on changes that affect them within government (like new laws)
- Responding via the media to events happening in New Zealand
- Through our youth led magazine 'Heyday'
- By supporting Youth Health Councils to promote healthy living within their schools
- By conducting and participating in research projects that tell us what is happening for young people, and provides information on how we can help improve the things that impact young people's experiences growing up in New Zealand.
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