The Youth Advisory Group

The Trustees recognise that those working in the community alongside young people have valuable experience and insight into the needs of young people.  The Youth Advisory Group (YAG)  was established to advise the Trustees and keep them informed of gaps and needs in the youth sector.  

 Positive Youth Development

The Positive Youth Development in Aotearoa (PYDA) framework was written by the YAG.  The framework discusses different approaches to positive youth development to guide communities in the way they organise programmes and support for young people.  The framework is also a valuable resource when the Trust assesses different organisations and projects.

Download the Positive Youth Development in Aotearoa (PYDA) framework here.


Meet the YAG

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Jono Campbell

Jono Campbell is the General Manager of Te Ora Hou Otautahi. Te Ora Hou Aotearoa is a network of faith-based Māori youth and community development organisations providing a number of innovative programmes for at risk youth.

Jono has a degree in political studies and a diploma in teaching. He began work in the youth sector in 1991 as a junior volunteer at Te Ora Hou, and soon after became a volunteer leader.

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John Harrington

John is the Project Manager at Canterbury Youth Workers Collective, an organisation supporting youth workers to provide a professional service to young people, by connecting the youth sector, raising the standards of youth work practice and championing youth development.

John has vast experience as a youth worker and helped to establish the National Youth Workers Network Aotearoa and the Christchurch branch of Te Ora Hou, after being involved with the programme in South Auckland. John has worked with Cross over Trust in South Christchurch and the Hoon Hay Youth Centre in Christchurch.

John helped set up the first national certificate in youth work through Christchurch Polytechnic, and he currently chairs the Bachelor of Youth Development Advisory Committee at Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec).

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Duane Major

Duane is a pastor at South West Baptist Church in Christchurch and leads the Children and Youth areas as well as coordinating collaboration between Local Communities, Local Mission Initiatives and Ministries of the Church and Independent Trusts.