Yes per school
Funded in 2019 for 40 schools
Our Advocates programme empowers a collaborative community of young people from High Schools and Colleges around the country who are mobilised and supported online to create space for everyone to be themselves.
In 2019, this is an augmented training approach powered by Facebook and Instagram.
This combines full day in person Activator workshops with Power Up modules delivered through our online platform; monthly webinars and opportunities to share ideas and collaborate in person through regular meetings and online alongside advocates NZ wide.
THE INTENDED OUTCOMES ARE TO:
~ Provide opportunities for young people to develop confidence and skills to be part of positively impacting their own social environments.
~ Connect young people that care about creating space for all of us to be ourselves.
~ Challenge the belief that creating change needs traditional leaders and setting up your own charity or social enterprise
The programme aims to reach over 40 schools in 2019 with over 500 online advocates trained to support a community of over 15,000 young people.
YOUR SCHOOL COULD BE INVOLVED.
CENTRAL OTAGO PROGRAMME
In Central Otago, this programme is also supported in person by one of our Community Facilitators. Regional training is held for schools involved during term time and in school holiday breaks.
REGIONAL ACTIVATOR WORKSHOPS
The first step of our programme starts with our full day activator workshops held in host schools across Aotearoa. Student leadership teams of 6-8 students from between three and five schools take part alongside a teacher champion who will support them moving forward.
Workshops are collaborative, high energy, interactive and give students a range of practical activities, ideas and resources for kicking off the Online Advocate partnership in your school.
ONLINE TRAINING PLATFORM
Ongoing support and skills development is provided through our online training platform. Over 80 Power Up modules are available across 13 themes.
Advocates have the flexibility to create their own learning pathways and earn credits for activities they complete.
These modules support advocates to have a positive impact and create positive social change in their schools and communities.
There is a lso a closed collaborative community for sharing ideas and resources and for discussion on a range of subjects and issues.
IN PERSON MEETINGS
In addition to completing modules, advocates meet regularly together at school with the support of their school champion.
Monthly webinars that can be tuned into live or watched recorded later are the final element to the programme. These will feature experts and leaders sharing their insight, experience and tips while also giving advocates the chance to ask questions.
LINKED COMMUNITY TALK
We are also exploring the possibility of running a linked community event after the Activator Workshop. This would offer parents and community members information as well as providing the opportunity to ask questions about the programme, Social Media and other related questions.
Our High School Advocates want to take greater ownership for their training, taking action in theoir schools and communities and for how their groups are run.
International research is really clear that when young people are actively involved in decision making, the outcomes are better not only for us but also for getting our messages across to other students.
It works because our groups know that they are responsible for making things happen. They also have great support from their School Champion, graduate mentors and other advocates in schools locally and nationally.