This time we profiled how Rangatahi are leading locally. Their experience, what they are doing in places across the motu, the changes they are making, what is helping their mahi and the challenges they face. We also discussed how organisations and agencies can support this leadership. What they need to do to ahwi and amplify support for young people to turn their ideas into reality, and have an impact in their community and on a global level.

Using Community-Led principles and Inspiring Communities’ theory of change, we explored the relevance of community-led approaches in a youth-led space.

Denise Bijoux co-hosted this webinar with the bright and dynamic Talei Bryant. Amongst many other things Talei runs Inspiring Stories, Whakatane Future Leaders programme, does some wicked mahi with Ara Taiohi and is the Youth rep on the whakatane youth board.

Gemma Major is part of Te Aka Matua, a Community Youth Led initiative supported by Seed Waikato. She has been involved with the kaupapa and co-design group from its inception, Seed Waikato has back-filled with resources and held space for the project to flourish, Gemma will also provide insight into how Seed Waikato enables rangatahi leadership.

Madiha Ali Changezi is a full-time Law student at the University of Waikato, and part-time youth worker at Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Trust. She is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Red Cross as well as a Committee Member of Seed Waikato and a Board Member of Same Skies International. Madiha is passionate about storytelling, amplifying youth and marginalized voices and acting as a advocate for these groups.

Guy Ryan, CEO and founder of Inspiring Stories, made up our final star in this stellar line-up of speakers. Guy is an award-winning entrepreneur, leader and speaker. He is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015, and has represented New Zealand at various international summits and leadership development opportunities.

A packed webinar profiling people and programmes that are changing the spaces and places in which we live, work and play.