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Nurturing Youth-Friendly Spaces: Our Values at Re:Vision

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At Re:Vision, we believe in the power of creating spaces and places that empower and uplift our rangatahi and taiohi. Our commitment to this vision is encapsulated in the core values that drive our organisation and shape the impactful work we do through our youth-friendly audits, advocacy and workshops held around Aotearoa.

Community-Centred Approach

Central to our mission is a deep-rooted sense of community. We understand that young people are an integral part of the community, and their voices matter. Through Re:Vision, we engage with local youth to evaluate the youth-friendliness of various spaces across New Zealand. By involving the community in this process, we not only gain valuable insights but also foster a sense of ownership and pride in creating environments that cater to the needs and aspirations of the younger generation. Finding the local young people is a mission we take very seriously and do on behalf of our partnership organisations to ensure the community feels heard.

Inclusivity and Diversity

Diversity is not just a buzzword for us; it's a guiding principle. We are committed to ensuring that Re:Vision reflects the rich tapestry of New Zealand's youth. Our audits take into account the diverse needs of different groups, including those from various cultural backgrounds, abilities, and socio-economic statuses. In doing so, we aim to create spaces that are truly inclusive and welcoming for all. When diversity is taken into account, we find our audits to be more full, more engaging, and more future-proof for our growing population. 

Empowerment through Education

Knowledge is a powerful tool for change. As part of our values, we prioritise education and awareness. Through Re:Vision, we not only assess the youth-friendliness of spaces but also provide recommendations for improvement. We believe in empowering communities with the knowledge to make positive changes. By equipping stakeholders with actionable insights, we contribute to the ongoing evolution of youth-friendly environments. Recently, at the Multicultural Centre in Christchurch, we noticed an engaged group of young people teaching alongside the audit and venue staff truly learning alongside them. 

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Collaboration and Partnerships

Real change happens when people come together. We actively seek collaborations and partnerships with local organisations, businesses, and government entities to amplify our impact. By fostering a spirit of collaboration, we aim to create a network of support dedicated to enhancing the well-being of young people across New Zealand. Partnership with Christchurch City Council to facilitate our first round of audits in the city was a big way to validate the need for young people’s voices to be heard in a new way. We hope to grow this opportunity by partnership with other councils nationwide, alongside national bodies such as Ministry of Youth and Development and Ministry of Social Development. 

Continuous Improvement

The journey towards creating truly youth-friendly spaces is ongoing. We embrace a culture of continuous improvement, regularly reassessing our methodologies and refining our approach based on feedback and evolving community needs. This commitment to growth ensures that Re:Vision remains a dynamic and responsive initiative, always striving to make a meaningful difference. What works in one city may not work in another so we are always evolving our workshops, training and community engagement as we grow.

Our values serve as the compass guiding Re:Vision towards creating a Aotearoa where every space is not just accessible but actively nurtures the potential of our youth. Join us in this journey of transformation, as we collectively work towards building a brighter future for the generations to come.

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