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    Haere mai and welcome to the online learning resource developed by Careerforce for this topic. US22256 Describe the principles, aims and goals of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (version 3) is part of the Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3). The course page is open and available for all youth leaders and youth organisations to access and use. You will need to be enrolled with Careerforce as a trainee to complete the assessment and gain credit for this unit standard.

    Begin by looking around the course page to become familiar with its layout and see what resources are available. Work through each section with your employer, follow the links and complete the learning activities. They are designed to support your learning and prepare you for the assessment tasks.

  • About this topic

    The Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (YDSA) is an important document for everyone involved in youth work to be familiar with and understand - not just for the organisation you work for. As a youth worker, you are expected to understand how the each part of the document supports and guides the work you do.

    We'll explore each part of the YDSA and what it means for you as a youth worker.

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    Throughout this topic, you'll get to know two youth leaders, Kendale and Jenna. They'll share examples of how they apply their learning about the YDSA to their youth work practice.

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  • Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (YDSA)

    YDSA coverThe Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (YDSA) is a document that outlines ways of working with and supporting young women and men aged 12 to 24 years. The document gives guidance on how the government, other organisations and individuals can better support young people by focusing on developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes that they need to take part positively in society, both now and in the future.

    The YDSA has a vision, principles, aims and goals. It also suggests actions that can be taken to support the positive development of young people.

  • Principles, aims and goals of youth work

    Youth development is about young people growing up and developing the skills and attitudes they need, both now and in the future.

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    A principle is a basic law, belief or rule that should be followed. The principles of youth work outline what the youth development approach is all about. They can be used as a checklist and a tool for developing youth policies and programmes and in working alongside young people.

  • Working effectively with young people

    three young people imageThe YDSA enables youth workers to support the positive development of young people by creating opportunities for them to influence, inform, shape, design and contribute.

    Learning by doing and being involved in decision-making are ways that young people can contribute to changes in society. Opportunities for dealing with real issues alongside adults lets young people know that they, their skills and their ideas are valued.

    Involving young people also helps us to make sure our policies, services and programmes meet their needs. Adults as well as young people can gain new skills and experience through youth participation.

  • Assessment

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    Congratulations on completing the learning for this topic! Check your understanding of the content by responding to the following statements.

    I can:

    • explain what the YDSA is and how it relates to youth work.

    • describe each of the six principles of the YDSA.

    • describe each of the three aims of the YDSA.

    • describe each of the four goals of the YDSA.

    • explain how the principles, aims and goals of the YDSA are related and come together to support the YDSA's vision.

    • explain how I use the principles, aims and goals of the YDSA to guide my own youth work practice.

    If you have responded yes to all of these statements, you are now ready to complete the assessment for US 22256 Describe the principles, aims and goals of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa.

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