The first workshop for the VOYCE National Youth Council 2019-20 was held on the weekend of August 17-18 at Whakapara Marae and hosted by the fabulous VOYCE Northland team. These brilliant care experienced young people were selected following interviews across New Zealand to find passionate and determined voices to represent youth in care within VOYCE.

Back: Jacob Batten, Briarley Birch (VOYCE Team), Isaac Heron, Katarina Padlie, Alexandra Murphy (VOYCE Team) / Middle: Jamie-Lee Evans (Foster Youth Museum), Te Kahukoka-Rose Yelash, Fatima Abdallah, Oliver Miller, Jay Coupe / Front: Tara Lee (VOYCE Team), Amanda Faauga, Saron Bekele, Corina Baker (VOYCE Team)

Highly experienced youth leadership facilitator and trainer Jamie-Lee Evans, from the Foster Youth Museum, has signed on to empower and teach these young people to be the best they can be while advocating for change for others in care.

Training for the VOYCE National Youth Council includes 11 weekends across 2019/20 in facilitation skills, curriculum creation, confidence and public speaking, understanding systemic barriers for youth in Aotearoa and policy analysis.

From left: Oliver Miller, Tara Lee (VOYCE team), Jay Coupe, Jacob Batten, Alexandra Murphy (VOYCE team), Katarina Padlie, Fatima Abdallah, Saron Bekele, Amanda Faauga, Jamie-Lee Evans (Foster Youth Museum), Corina Baker (VOYCE team), Briarley Birch (VOYCE team)

We are all so excited for the next weekend already, and cannot wait to witness how these remarkable young leaders go on to practice the skills they learn in advocacy and beyond.