Construction of the space, equipment, landscape
- Whanaungatanga: Building and sustaining quality relationships as a foundation to belonging.
- Manaakitanga: Creating safe spaces where young people feel accepted, included, and valued
- Mātauranga: Empowering young people with useful, timely, and meaningful information.
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Building and sustaining quality relationships as a foundation to belonging
Aligning with partners that have the same vision
- Build co-design/working with rangatahi in your decision-making criteria
- Gauge organisations maturity in this space, willingness to pivot and learn from others rather than relying on out-of-the-box solutions
Creating safe spaces where young people feel accepted, included, and valued
Championing the voice of rangatahi
- Include information in updates, signage about how the space has been shaped by young people to acknowledge their value in the process
- Create a Communications strategy to promote the space, sharing updates with the community to create excitement and engagement for the opening
- Young people’s art and designs to be included in the final build (for example, online design competition and judging)
- Acknowledge the time and effort that went into the space (for example, awards)
- Ask if some rangatahi would like to share their own testimonials. Testimonials can also help rangatahi in the future to see the value of engaging with community co-design activities
Empowering young people with useful, timely, and meaningful information.
- Highlighting that rangatahi involvment has contributed to results and milestones will make them more engaged and invested in the process
"People didn't think young people would show up so early [to the karakia whakawātea (opening ceremony)], but we had about 30-40 young people there. We picked them up and took them there, and they were acknowledged in the speeches for their role in the process.”