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Otepoti Youth Vision set to be launched

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A vision developed to ensure that ‘In Ōtepoti (Dunedin) young people are valued, accepted and empowered to lead fulfilled lives, and wellbeing is nurtured’, is set to be launched this evening in a function at ToitÅ« Otago Settlers Museum.

Young people, community and government groups, and the Dunedin City Council worked together on the vision which sets out principles and goals to ensure those aims are achieved. The vision also emphasises the need to encourage and foster youth participation and leadership.

Dunedin Youth Council Chair Melissa Bonilla Casañas says, "Something that I find particularly special about the vision is that it’s created for the youth, by the youth - every step of the way, organisations have consulted young people to see what they actually think.

"I hope that this vision signals to youth that their voices are appreciated and are wanted and therefore it’s a call of action - for youth to voice their opinions, whether controversial or not, because the youth voice matters a lot more than they think."

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says, "This initiative has had my support right from the beginning and it has been exciting to see the Ōtepoti Youth Vision develop to the point where it can now be launched.

"As a city we need to support our youth and take an active role in enabling them to be successful. This vision provides us with a framework for that.

"Our young people are tomorrow’s leaders and we need to nurture their development to ensure our community is in good hands going into the future. My hope is that businesses and organisations now come on board to support the vision by reflecting its goals and principles in the way we all do things."

Manager Education Otago Southland Kathryn Palmer says the launch marks an auspicious event for Ōtepoti Dunedin.

"Dunedin is showing its commitment to its young people. It is stepping up to make a visible and active recognition that they are an integral part of this city, by making this investment in both their present and their future.

"Dunedin now has a vision that articulates it cares for and values its young people and has made a collective commitment to be a community that is respectful and respected for how it values and nurtures the wellbeing of its youth."

Businesses and organisations are now being encouraged to show their support by becoming signatories to the vision. They will then be given information and resources to help them put the vision into action. Further resources will also be developed as people share ideas about activities and initiatives that help young people succeed.

Note: The DCC, in conjunction with the Dunedin Youth Council and the Youth Action Committee, recently ran a competition for youth to design an art work to market and communicate the vision. The vision, including the winning art work, is attached with the media release.

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