Cornerstone Youth

7:00 – 9:00 on a Wednesday night

(Ages 13-24yrs)


Qualities of our leaders (sourced from within the group)

  • young adults who love teenagers, and possess a deep desire to see them do well in life.
  • great role models for teenagers. 
  • able to provide counselling, career advice, encouragement in music, organising events, practical support and voluntary community service.


Composition of the group

  • mostly (est. 65%) youth from the community.
  • mostly (85%) Maori and Pacifica. 
  • around 70% of our youth are aged 16-17 years.

Typical Wednesday night programme Delivery:

  • Socialize/connect
  • Games/ sport activities
  • Motivational/Inspirational talk/challenge
  • Small Group discussion
  • Supper
  • Socialize/connect


Expected outcomes:

  • Development of healthy relationships with peers, parents and authorities at home, school, work and in the community.
  • An understanding of their uniqueness and self-worth.
  • Confidence to set and achieve goals.
  • Personal responsibility to contribute to their community.
  • Awareness of and involvement with wider community/sports organizations
  • Development of life-skills and talents

 These will be achieved by:-

  • Providing a safe environment
  • Encouraging  trust relationships between youth and leaders
  • Activities that encourage a sense of belonging (inclusion)
  • Networking with other providers

Our youth Development Model is based on the Aotearoa Strategy for Youth Development 2002


The Strategy is based on a youth development approach that has six key principles:

    1. Shaped by the ‘big picture’.
    2. About young people being connected.
    3. A consistent strengths-based approach.
    4. Happens through quality relationships.
    5. Triggered when young people fully participate.
    6. Needs good information.


In combination, these principles contribute to the desired result of positive youth development, where young people gain a:

    • sense of contributing something of value to society
    • feeling of connectedness to others and to society
    • belief that they have choices about their future
    • feeling of being positive and comfortable with their own identity.



    1. All young people have opportunities to establish positive connections to their key social environments.
    2. Government policy and practice reflect a positive youth development approach.
    3. All young people have access to a range of youth development opportunities.



 Strengths-based Approach - ensuring a consistent strengths-based youth development approach .

 Quality Relationships - developing skilled people to work with young people.

 Youth Participation - creating opportunities for young people to actively participate and engage.

 An Informed Approach - building knowledge on youth development through information and research.


Source: Ministry of Youth Development, Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (2002)