The Salvation Army National Youth Strategy - March 2015

The Salvation Army National Youth Strategy - March 2015
The Salvation Army
                National Youth Strategy
                                  March 2015

The Salvation Army National Youth Strategy - March 2015
Background                                                                             The Need for an Integrated Strategy
      Numerous youth strategic plans have been                                           We have no common vision for youth ministries
       developed in the past, focusing on the                                              across New Zealand.
       Territorial Youth Mission Department                                               Youth services are typically being provided
       supporting corps-based youth ministries.                                            within service stream silos, with minimal
      The need for a National Youth Strategy,                                             sharing of expertise, duplicated effort and
       incorporating all Salvation Army youth services                                     inconsistent services. More could be achieved
       was identified in 2009.                                                             working together.
      Dr Greg Coyle prepared a discussion paper in                                       An integrated strategy and nationalised service
       2010 which was distributed amongst Quality                                          would better place The Salvation Army to
       Improvement Working Party (QIWP) members                                            secure Government funding and so financially
       and other representatives for comment.                                              strengthen youth work.
      Progress stalled until 2014 when a new working                                     Research suggests that churches are losing 65-
       group was established to complete this work                                         90% of their young people by the age of 231.
       and develop an integrated youth ministry                                           Society is changing. Are we still offering the
       strategy.                                                                           services youth require?
                                                                                          We can do better for our youth.

1   Young Adults in New Zealand Baptist Churches Research Report, Nigel Cottle, 2009

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The Salvation Army National Youth Strategy - March 2015
                This document presents a strategy for the next
                   3-5 years for Salvation Army youth work across
                   New Zealand. A strategy for Fiji and Tonga is to
                   be completed separately.
                The focus is on our ministry for youth (12-24) –
                   with emphasis on 13-18 year olds. There is a
                   crossover with our separate children’s ministry
                   and young adults strategies.
                The strategy incorporates all Salvation Army
                   ministries targeting youth, including:
                    Corps-based youth work
                    Community Ministries youth work and
                       youth services
                    Education & Employment youth
                    Supported accommodation and Alcohol and
                       Other Drug addiction treatment services for
               This document uses the term ‘faith community’ as a
               generic term for a group of believers, such as a
               corps, plant, recovery church, messy church,
               second congregation or home group.

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The Salvation Army National Youth Strategy - March 2015
Current Situation

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The Salvation Army National Youth Strategy - March 2015
Current Situation – Services Provided
Youth leaders:                                         Youth services provided:
   The Salvation Army employs approximately 75           Youth discipleship
    people to work specifically with youth. Of these      Youth groups
    (note: individuals often work in multiple
                                                          Education and employment services
                                                          Alcohol and other drug (AOD) services
   23 work in churches (an additional 26 churches
    have volunteer youth ministry leaders)                Gambling addiction services
   40 work in Community Youth Services                   Chaplaincy, mentoring, youth development
   30 work in Education & Employment or                  Advocacy
    Addictions services.                                  Early intervention
Youth:                                                    Life skills, Positive Lifestyle Programme (PLP)
   Together they work with:                              Activity based learning (including our Blue
   1000 youth in church based ministries,                 Mountain Adventure Centre)
    across 81 churches                                    Accommodation
   600 youth in Education and Employment                 Community meals
    services, across 14 locations                         Community development
   1000 youth in community based youth services          Family support programmes
   200 people aged under 20 assisted by our              Leadership development
    Addictions services in 2014
                                                          Youth worker training
   100 youth in supported accommodation.

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The Salvation Army National Youth Strategy - March 2015
Current Environment – PEST Analysis
PP olitical Environment                                                            EE conomic Environment
       In 2014, The National Government started its                                   The New Zealand economy entered recession in
        third term. Some of their stated priorities will                                early 2008, exacerbated by the Global Financial
        have a significant impact on youth 1 :                                          Crisis that set in later that year 2, resulting in
                                                                                        higher unemployment, financial pressure on
       “Increasing the proportion of 18 year olds with                                 many families, and less money available for
        NCEA level 2” – highlights a focus on education                                 Salvation Army support services.
        over employment for under 18s.                                                 New Zealand has a relatively high gap between
       “Reducing the number of young people on a                                       rich and poor, ranked 9th worst in the OECD.
        benefit by 40% by 2017” and “more intensive                                    Adult unemployment is holding at around 5%,
        management of young people on benefits”–                                        but unemployment rates for 15-19 year olds,
        will provide more wrap-around support but also                                  while improving, is much higher at 19.3% (Sep
        make it increasingly difficult for youth to obtain                              2014, Statistics NZ). Some of the explanations
        a benefit.                                                                      for this include:
                                                                                         No separate minimal youth wage
       “Reintroducing the youth wage” – has the
                                                                                         More people of retirement age working
        possibility of both reducing youth
        unemployment and increasing youth                                                Record numbers of youth from overseas on
        employment abuse.                                                                   working holidays or studying in New
                                                                                            Zealand 3
                                                                                         90 day work trials.
                                                                                       The average student loan on leaving study
                                                                                        continues to rise, up to $16,900 in 2012 14.

 2 Treasury   Report (
 4 Statistics New   Zealand – Student Loans and Allowances: 2013 tables                                                                      6
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Current Environment – PEST Analysis
SS ocial                                                                                                                         Progress in NCEA achievement is stalling for Māori
         New Zealand has more than 200 ethnicities, and the                                                                      secondary school students and students at lower
          growing Asian and Indian communities will likely out                                                                    decile schools 4.
          number Māori by 2027 1. This is leading to more                                                                        Many would claim that youth are growing up
          subcultures and an increase in ethnic-based youth                                                                       within a culture of entitlement, leading to
          gangs, while New Zealand European kids often feel                                                                       unrealistic expectations.
          they have no culture.                                                                                                  Auckland’s rapid growth is creating issues unique
         In general, people are staying in education longer,                                                                     to Auckland and a growing sense of animosity from
          and having families later.                                                                                              the rest of New Zealand.
         While a couple with children is still the most
          common type of family (41.3%), an increasing
          number of children are growing up in alternative
                                                                 T echnological                                           T
          family structures 2.                                    New Zealand is becoming an increasingly
                                                                    technological society, with 70% of New Zealanders
         Youth are facing increased pressure and more liberal      aged 15–65 now owning a smart phone, and this is
          attitudes, leading to an increase in issues related to    expected to increase to 90% by 2017. The main use
          alcohol and other drugs, relationships and sexual         is mobile media, social networking, online
          health. The youth suicide rate in 2011 was the second     shopping, video and music access 5.
          highest in the OECD .3
                                                                  Technology has made it easier to connect with
         In 2013, New Zealand had its lowest teenage               people socially, but high level engagement in social
          pregnancy rate in 22 years. This might indicate           networking can separate people from real social
          changes in behaviour, attitudes or medical practice 4.    interaction and distract them from study.
         General & violent offending by young people has         New Zealanders spent more than $300 million on
          declined sharply since 2008/09. BUT young Māori           games in 2013. Gaming is increasingly being used
          are much more likely to be apprehended &                  for training and directing behaviour 6.
          prosecuted for an offence for non-Māori youth .   4

 1 NationalEthnicPopulationProjections_HOTP2006-26.aspx
 4 The   Salvation Army State of the Nation Report, A Mountain all can Climb, 2015
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Current Situation – Youth Trends
Based on the PEST analysis and experience, we have identified the following general trends regarding
New Zealand youth:

Youth of today have enormous capacity to make a       On the other hand:
positive difference in the world.                        Youth need a sense of “personal significance”,
   They will have more formal education than any         but often feel undervalued and voiceless. This is
    previous generation                                   one driver for our high rates of youth suicide.
   They have unprecedented access to a global           Youth need a sense of belonging, yet often feel
    world, through the advances in technology             disconnected from adult society.
       Ability to connect with others through           Youth often have unrealistic expectations,
        social media                                      especially around work, future income and
       Access to instant global information from         standards of living, resulting in debt and
        anywhere                                          disappointment. Many youth will struggle to
                                                          find employment.
       Second nature to express their concerns
        and ideas through social media                   Youth face extreme peer pressure, especially in
                                                          the form of alcohol and other drugs, anti-social
   They can be disaffected with the capitalism and
                                                          behaviour and sexual activity.
    greed they see around them, which drives them
    toward being more socially and                       Youth live in an increasingly secular society and
    environmentally responsible.                          fail to realise that a relationship with Jesus and
                                                          involvement in a faith community can resolve
                                                          these issues.

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Current Situation – Youth Services SWOT Analysis
Strengths                                                Weaknesses
•   Faith based services                                 •   Silos; lack of coordination across services
•   Salvationist and Christian employees                 •   Corps lacking community impact and community
•   High standard of specialist youth services               services lacking faith impact
•   Access to a range of support services                •   Discipleship training
•   Heritage and reputation                              •   Coaching and mentoring of youth workers in
•   Solid organisational financial resources                 corps
•   Safe practice                                        •   Training for corps-based youth leaders
•   Good Ministry of Social Development relationships    •   Not all corps have the same standards
•   Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit                 •   Not strong where Government wants providers
•   Firezone website                                     •   The Salvation Army is perceived as risk averse
•   33 corps/plants are rated as having good or          •   Remuneration for youth workers with families
    excellent youth ministries                           •   Lack of longevity of youth workers
                                                         •   48 corps/plants rated as struggling or no youth
•   Access Government funding through coordinated        •   Youth ministries often first cut when facing
    and consistent services                                  financial constraints
•   Make more use of our support services                •   Lack of Māori youth workers
•   Connect with Māori and Pasifika, especially those
    accessing our social services
•   Develop youth missional leadership stream            •   Losing youth leaders and workers (e.g. to other
•   Encourage innovation                                     churches, other vocations, officership)
•   Train up – help senior leaders understand modern     •   Reliance on Government funding; potential
    community based youth work                               future conflict with Government not supporting
•   Identify and report on measures that highlight the       faith based offerings
    effectiveness of youth work                          •   Internal competition for funding with other
•   Ensure youth work practice is being monitored            services                                          9
Our Response

Vision and Values
Our vision is expressed as:                          In achieving this vision, we will not compromise on
                                                     our values – that our youth services:
 The Salvation Army inspires and equips youth           Are faith based and work best out of a faith
 to follow God, connect well with others, find           community.
 personal significance, and make a positive             Focus on relationship building within
 difference in their world                               community.
                                                        Have trained and qualified youth workers; safe
   Inspires and equips – through building               practice.
    relationships, role modelling and training.
                                                        Partner with specialists (e.g. AOD, Education &
   To follow God – making and growing disciples.        Employment, Supportive Accommodation,
   To connect well with others – healthy positive       Counselling and external providers).
    relationships, emotional maturity.                  Uphold the Treaty of Waitangi.
   To find personal significance – through a           Recognise the role of parents and families in
    relationship with God and following His              the development of the young person.
    purpose for your life.
                                                        Are good stewards.
   To make a positive difference in their world –
    active citizens, modelling the values of the
    Kingdom of God.

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Youth Ministries are an integral part of the mission       Reforming society
of The Salvation Army – caring for people,                     Providing opportunities for youth to serve
transforming lives and reforming society, by God’s              others and fight for justice
                                                               Working closely with other agencies
   Caring for people
                                                               Active in community groups.
       Ensuring youth feel they belong, are
                                                           By God’s power
        listened to and valued
                                                               A reliance on prayer and desire to worship.
       Providing access to support services as
        needed (e.g. advocacy, social support,
   Transforming lives
       Helping youth develop the capacity to
        address their concerns
           Education, employment, addictions
            treatment, life skills, resilience.
       Helping youth progress in their faith journey
           Teaching youth they are loved by God
           Linking to faith communities
           Discipling youth.

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In developing a strategy for youth ministry within    SIX PRINCIPLES OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The Salvation Army, we started by looking at some     Positive youth development:
of the considerable research conducted into youth
                                                      1.   Is shaped by the ‘big picture’: the values and
                                                           beliefs systems within which youth grow up.
Two theories in particular have been chosen as
                                                      2.   Is about youth being connected: having
fundamental to this strategy:
                                                           positive connections with others in society.
                                                      3.   Is a consistent strengths-based approach:
1.   The Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa               building on youth’s capacity to resist risk
     (2002): prepared by the Ministry of Youth             factors and enhance protective factors in their
     Affairs who identified six principles of youth        lives.
     development (see opposite). It is easy to see
                                                      4.   Happens through quality relationships.
     how The Salvation Army is well-placed to meet
     these principles.                                5.   Is triggered when youth fully participate:
                                                           need opportunities to actively participate and
2.   Circle of Courage: a model of positive youth
                                                      6.   Needs good information: any strategy needs
     development that helps build resilience and
                                                           to be evidence-based.
     self-esteem among youth.
                                                      Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa, 2002

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Circle of Courage
The Circle of Courage is a strengths based                When youth feel they belong, develop
approach to youth development, developed by               competence, make good decisions (based on
Martin Brokenleg and Larry Brendtro.                      Christian values), and choose to help others,
They studied how traditional indigenous cultures          underpinned by a solid faith in Jesus, they will
were able to raise respectful, responsible children       thrive and grow.
without resorting to coercive discipline and
identified four essential human needs.
                                                                             Generosity / Contribution
These needs have been validated by contemporary
                                                                             “I have a purpose for my life”
research and the model
is in widespread use across the world.
These basic needs fit well within a
faith community:
                                                      Independence /
   Belonging (John 1:12)                                                                                     Belonging
   Mastery (Col 3:23-24, Prov 22:29)                 “I have the power to
                                                                                                              / Identity
                                                         make decisions”                                      “I am loved”
   Independence (Gal 6:4-5) and                                                                              Whanāu
                                                      Mana Motuhake
   Generosity (Matt 22:39).

                                                                              Mastery / Competence
                                                                                    “I can succeed”

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Applying the Key Principles
 All services need to help youth:                                “Young people grow to maturity by being around those
1.    Progress in their faith journey:                           people who have such maturity themselves.”Margaret Mead

         Help youth discover a life changing                    3.   Participate actively:
          relationship with Jesus.                                       Provide opportunities to actively participate
         Equip youth with good decision making                           and engage.
          skills by modelling and training Christian                     Give responsibility.
                                                                 4.   Offer opportunities to develop and serve:
         Grow dynamic disciples.
                                                                         Help youth to identify and develop their
2.    Develop significant relationships:                                  strengths.
         Within community, in a welcoming place                         Give them opportunities to succeed.
          that is safe and secure.                                        Encourage and affirm their development.
         Connect youth in positive relationships with                    Recognise milestones.
          other youth.                                                   Provide opportunities for youth to serve
         Develop intergenerational relationships.                        God and others in satisfying ways.
          Provide at least one significant adult                 5.   Access services:
          relationship (e.g. a mentor).
                                                                         Provide access to relevant support services.
         Strengthen relationships in the home.
          Support and encourage parents.
     “The strongest predictor of resilience was an adult mentor outside the immediate family – grandmother,
     minister for example – who gave them a sense of being loved and important.”                    Emmy E Werner

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Applying the Key Principles

                                                 FAITH PROGRESS
                         • Exposure to     • Link to faith   • Christian    • Dynamic
                           gospel            community         values         discipleship

SIGNIFICANT                                                    SERVICE AND                   RESOURCING /
RELATIONSHIPS                •   Belonging                     STRENGTHS                     CONNECTION
• Within community           •   Active participation          • Identify and develop        • Access to relevant
• Positive peers             •   Developing skills               strengths                     support services
• Intergenerational, and     •   Taking responsibility         • Serve God and others
  at least one significant                                       in meaningful ways
• At home

  The key principles can be
  thought of as four pillars
  covered by an umbrella of faith.

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Key Strategic Issues for The Salvation Army
1.   Youth leaders (attracting and retaining,          7.    Retaining youth as they transition from
     training, remuneration, career progression,             children’s ministries, and again when leaving
     youth pastor or youth worker, call to                   high school.
     officership).                                     8.    Growing our service reputation (maintaining a
                                                             consistency of service while incorporating
2.   How to organise ourselves (nationally                   volunteers; best practice but driven by
     managed programmes and divisions versus a               Christian mission and values; marketing).
     national youth team; ability to deliver
                                                       9.    Sustainability (on-going financial support,
     nationalised services; bureaucracy).                    reliance on Government funding).
3.   How to raise the passionate spirituality of our   10.   Embracing diversity (Māori and Pasifika,
     youth (discipleship, Biblical literacy,                 special needs, Fiji, Tonga) and the Treaty of
     understanding of what they believe and the              Waitangi.
     distinctives of The Salvation Army).              11.   Connecting services and sharing expertise
4.   How to provide welcoming, relevant faith                (especially corps, community ministries,
     communities (some are unwelcoming, have                 addictions, parenting, budgeting, external
     negative perceptions of youth and lack                  agencies).
     intergenerational relationships).                 12.   Working towards all faith communities being
                                                             involved in their community, and all
5.   How to plant faith seeds and help youth                 community services coming out of a faith
     transition from receiving social services to            community.
     joining a faith community.
                                                       13.   A desire for innovation within an organisation
6.   Perceived low importance of youth ministries,           culture that is largely risk averse.
     and event planning being more tangible than
     relationship building.

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Strategic Goals
1.   Make, grow & retain youth disciples
2.   Recruit, develop & retain youth leaders
3.   Offer consistent and well-resourced
4.   Work together

These strategic goals tie in closely with The
Salvation Army’s Territorial Strategic Mission Plan

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Goal 1: Make, Grow & Retain Youth Disciples
Objective                                            Focus areas / actions
 To grow dynamic youth disciples who are            1.  Develop and implement a clear youth
   totally committed to following Jesus within The       discipleship training strategy. Use technology
   Salvation Army – risk taking, incarnational and       to support its implementation.
   committed to the salvation of the lost.           2.  Encourage radical discipleship, outworked as a
                                                         soldier in The Salvation Army.
                                                     3.  Build intergenerational faith communities that
                                                         are relevant to youth, by promoting:
 A perceived lack of passionate spirituality and        1. The criticality of youth ministries
    wonder at the gospel amongst some of our             2. How to be a welcoming community
    youth.                                               3. Intergenerational worship
 A general lack of Biblical knowledge, a Biblical       4. Adults developing significant relationships
    worldview and knowledge of Salvation Army                with youth
    doctrine.                                            5. Supporting youth as they transition to and
 We are losing a large percentage of our youth
                                                             from high school.
                                                     4.  Work with parents as primary caregivers.
     Some are losing their faith
                                                     5.  Engage youth in service opportunities.
     Some are going to other churches, which        6.  Work with Māori and Pasifika ministries to
       leaves a hole in the corps.                       develop a plan for improving our work with
 A lack of desire to share the gospel in many of        Māori and Pasifika youth and their whanāu.
    our social services (and corps).                 7.  Ensure all youth services are linked to or come
                                                         out of a faith community; then inspire and
                                                         resource to plant faith seeds in the youth they
                                                         are working with.

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Goal 2: Recruit, Develop and Retain Youth Leaders
Objectives                                               Focus areas / actions
   Ensure every youth service have trained,             1.   Develop organisation-wide youth worker
    competent youth leaders.                                  career pathway.
   Retain our experienced youth leaders.                2.   Address remuneration.
                                                         3.   Re-introduce training programme for corps-
Issues                                                        based youth workers and volunteers.
   Retention                                            4.   Review the Youth Work Apprenticeship
                                                              scheme to ensure it is producing the youth
        Remuneration
                                                              workers The Salvation Army needs.
        Lack of progression
                                                         5.   Understand and resolve youth worker
        Call to Officership                                  frustrations and provide opportunities to
        Love The Salvation Army but find it difficult        activate change.
         to find appropriate spaces to voice their       6.   Inspire leaders to lead differently. Encourage
         concerns.                                            innovation.
   Training                                             7.   Promote Academic Scholarships and Mission
        Lack of training for volunteers and corps-           Leader Scholarships.
         based youth workers                             8.   Develop missional leadership training.
        Poor perception of Youth Work                   9.   Support youth leaders in starting new faith
         Apprenticeship Scheme (LAB programme).               communities.

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Goal 3: Offer Consistent and Well-resourced Services
Objective                                            Focus areas / actions
   Provide consistent, high quality services that   1.  Ensure all services are linked to a faith
    can be funded and replicated around the              community.
    country.                                         2.  Modify the way we organise ourselves to ensure
                                                         consistent policy and guidelines, and the regular
                                                         sharing of information between services.
Issues                                                   Explore possibilities to hear youth voices at all
   A wide range of services are being offered at        levels.
    different standards.                             3.  Expand the role of QIWP to include all youth
   We reinvent programmes instead of re-using           services.
    what we already do.                              4.  Develop service packages (like Aspire) for re-use
                                                         around country and develop marketing around
   While we have corps in most major centres, we
                                                         these packages.
    have limited youth services, and many of these
                                                     5.  Seek additional funding for package delivery.
    are struggling.
                                                     6.  Provide training and support to corps to
   We are missing out on Government funding.            mobilise leaders and youth to serve their
   We are not making the most of our in-house           community in a manner consistent with our
    expertise and experience.                            professional services.
   Our reputation does not reflect the excellent    7.  Ensure all youth workers are being supported
    youth services we provide.                           and monitored by a qualified youth professional.
                                                     8.  Assign responsibility to a dedicated resource to
                                                         pursue contracts and funding opportunities that
                                                         will enhance our mission.

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Goal 4: Work Together
Objectives                                             Focus areas / actions
   Achieve synergies for mission.                     1.   Define our strategy for planting faith seeds
   Work in partnership with other organisations.           with youth receiving social services and linking
                                                            them to a faith community.
   Better support youth as they transition from
    children, through their teenage years and on       2.   Review the chaplaincy function effectiveness
    into adulthood.                                         and consider other models of care.
Issues                                                 3.   Develop a tighter link between youth services
                                                            by establishing regular communication
   Silo mentality
                                                            mechanisms (Corps, CM, E&E, chaplains,
        Lack of integration                                mentoring). Expand role of QIWP to include all
        Corps not active in community                      youth services.
        Services not making the most of specialists   4.   Establish links with support services (e.g. AOD,
         in other services.                                 counselling, anger management, education &
   Chaplaincy service not always effective.                employment, external agencies).
   We are struggling to progress youth from           5.   Pilot a fully integrated youth service (faith
    receiving social services to joining a faith            community, community ministries, E&E and
    community.                                              AOD) and capture key learnings for potential
                                                            future services.
   We are losing youth when they start and leave
    high school.

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Action Plan
Goal           2015                              2016 / 2017                         Ongoing
1. Disciples   o Share youth strategy with       o Complete youth discipleship       o Quarterly communication
                 corps & centres                   resources                           to officers and youth
               o Develop youth discipleship      o Develop youth discipleship          workers
                 strategy                          app(lication)                     o All services linked to a
               o Develop Māori & Pasifika plan   o Implement Māori & Pasifika plan     faith community
2. Leaders     o Youth worker career pathway     o Reintroduce corps based youth     o Promote academic and
               o Address remuneration              work training                       mission leader
               o Review Youth Work               o Implement Youth Work                scholarships
                 Apprenticeship scheme             Apprenticeship Scheme
               o Provide space for youth           recommendations
                 workers to activate change
               o Develop missional leader
                 training and encourage young
                 leaders to attend
3.             o Review how we organise          o Develop service packages          o All services linked to a
Consistent       ourselves                       o Seek additional funding for         faith community
Services       o Expand QIWP                       service packages
               o Rollout Aspire                  o Train corps in community work
4. Work        o Strategy for linking social     o Establish a relationship with     o Regular communication
together         service clients to faith          another two youth service           between services at all
                 communities                       organisations                       levels
               o Review chaplaincy               o Pilot a fully-integrated youth    o Link with support
                                                   service                             services
Service Reflection                                    Personal Reflection
   How would a young person learn about God             How much do you know about the youth you
    and progress in their faith journey within your       come in contact with? Do you know the names
    service?                                              of the youth who live in your street? How well
   What ‘voice’ do you give youth? Can they              do you know the youth in your faith
    influence decisions that affect them?                 community? Do you regularly engage them in
   How do you connect youth with adults in
    meaningful relationships?                            Are you a significant adult in the lives of youth
                                                          within your circle of social contact?
   What opportunities do you provide for youth to
    serve others in a meaningful way?                    How can you use the circle of courage as the
                                                          basis to help youth belong, develop, take
   What milestones do you celebrate? How do
                                                          responsibility and serve others?
    you recognise and celebrate success?
   How do you connect with other
    services in your area?

 “We don’t teach a kid how to become resilient. We surround them with social support and a loving
 and caring environment, we learn their names and greet them personally taking a few moments to
 talk one on one, and we develop enduring relationships with them”        It Takes a Church, page 4

                                                                            DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION
For more information, please contact:
Territorial Youth Department
The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters
PO Box 6015, Marion Square
Wellington 6141

(04) 382 0725

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