Youth
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Youth

Regions - #1 Northern Region - 2645 Members Regions - #2 South Island Region - 2473 Members Regions - #3 Central Region - 2314 Members Districts - #1 Waikato District - 658 Members Districts - #2 Christchurch District - 635 Members Districts - #3 North Auckland District - 600 Members 6269 Total Youth Members 1163 Total Youth Leaders

International Childrens Day

Nov 20 2018

Today is International Children’s Day and is celebrated each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. Supported by the United Nations, Children’s Day provides us with the opportunity to advocate, promote and celebrate the right of children to be within a safe learning environment that enables the fulfilment of their potential.

The St John Youth Programme has proudly supported the young people in our communities for over 90 years, playing a key role in providing a stimulating learning environment to foster growth for our rangatahi. St John Youth

Cadets in our youth programme learn a wide range of life skills focusing on first aid, leadership, effective communication, caregiving and outdoor education amongst many others.

Many cadets who have passed out of our programme have continued within the tradition of service that the Youth Programme upholds; becoming youth leaders to support and empower the next generation of rangatahi.

The key message of Children’s Day is embodied through the words of Dame Whina Cooper: “Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will the shape of Aotearoa.”

Universal Children’s Day highlights the important role we have in shaping some of the young minds of New Zealand in a positive and impactful way through our Youth Programme

                                                                                                                     

 

THE ST JOHN YOUTH PROGRAMME

St John Youth offers two unique but distinctive programmes. The penguin programme is for young people aged 6-8 years and the cadet programme for young people aged 8-18 years.

The Cadet Programme offers young people the Grand Priors Award scheme which is the flagship of our youth programme. As the principle syllabus for our cadets, it provides the framework for our leaders to run educational fun and exciting extra-mural programmes and activities.  St John offers our young people exciting opportunities through a varied programme that is tailored to individual needs; let’s face it, not every young person is the same! 

St John has existed in New Zealand since 1885 and is part of a global organisation known as the Order of St John, which is active in more than 40 countries. The Order of St John can trace its history back to a hospital set up in Jerusalem during the Crusades over a thousand years ago.

The Penguin Programme is intended to be educational, but also great fun, often involving games, activities and sports. Penguin Groups frequently organise trips, camps, excursions, picnics and also attend other St John events and competitions. When a penguin turns 8 years old they transition into the Cadet Programme.

Use the links below to find out more:

  • Click HERE to find out more about the Penguin Programme.
  • Click HERE to download a Youth Brochure.
  • Click HERE to download an enrolment form to take on your first night.

 

The Cadet Programme offers young people the Grand Priors Award scheme which is the flagship of our youth programme. As the principle syllabus for our cadets, it provides the framework for our leaders to run educational fun and exciting extra-mural programmes and activities.  St John offers our young people exciting opportunities through a varied programme that is tailored to individual needs; let’s face it, not every young person is the same! Upper Hutt

 Use the links below to find out more:

  • Click HERE to find out more about the Cadet Programme.
  • Click HERE to download a Youth Brochure.
  • Click HERE to download an enrolment form

 

Youth Leaders Our fun and outgoing Youth Leaders undertake professional development and are appointed based on a rigorous back ground check process. All leaders complete an annual police check process and are the best people for the roles they hold. Youth Leaders are an important part of the St John youth programme, they plan, run and organise the divisional nights and provide the necessary supervison.

Family and whanau are also very welcome to join our programmes as a leader. If you are interested in joining us as a youth leader in either of our programmes we want to hear from you.  

For more information please click HERE to be taken to our leadership information page or click HERE to signup now!

 

Editor| Richard.Hitchcock@stjohn.org.nz