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Ministry of Youth Development

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi – encourages and supports young people, aged between 12 and 24 years old, to develop and use knowledge, skills and experiences to participate confidently in their communities.

The General Manager of MYD is Juanita Te Kani.

We partner with others to enable, fund and promote youth development opportunities for all young people in New Zealand. MYD spends around $8.253 million per year on a wide range of youth development opportunities.

We seek to recognise and celebrate the achievements of rangatahi through the New Zealand Youth Awards, as well as featuring their stories in our monthly e-newsletter, Youth Matters, and on our website. We also fund programmes that highlight the many and varied ways young people are succeeding throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

MYD is a small organisation that achieves results by working with and through others to achieve results. We work collaboratively with young people, other funders (including corporates, philanthropic organisations, and iwi), providers, local government, and other government agencies.

The aim is for all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand to have the chance to participate in youth development opportunities. Youth development refers to activities and programmes designed to build the capability and resilience of young people aged between 12 and 24 years. A youth development opportunity refers to a place on or participation in a youth development programme for an identifiable participant. The focus is on opportunities in areas such as leadership, mentoring, volunteering, enterprise and wellbeing.

MYD sits within the Community, Partnerships and Programmes (CPP) group of MSD Service Delivery. Since its work focuses on supporting communities through the funding of youth development initiatives, often in partnership with others, being a part of the CPP whānau offers the MYD team access to expertise and synergies which greatly benefit the delivery of its work programme.

Visit MYD’s website for more information.

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