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Youth Futures: Impacting Change in Your Future

Think Beyond, Grow Waitaha and The University of Canterbury are excited to invite Year 12 and 13 rangatahi from across Ōtautahi to participate in the Youth Futures: Impacting Change in Your Future led by Sophie Howe. 

Date: Wednesday 26 July 

Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm - light lunch will be served from 12.30pm 

Venue: University Canterbury, Rehua, Room 103

Sophie Howe is the world’s first Future Generations Commissioner, a role that was created as part of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act in Wales. The remit was a statutory obligation as “the guardian of the interests of future generations in Wales” to provide guidance and advice to the government and public bodies in Wales when they make decisions so that they think about effects on people in the future as well as now. Prior to this, Sophie was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, served as a Government Special Adviser to the Cabinet and First Minister on communities, local government, community safety, housing, regeneration and equality, and at age 21, was elected as the youngest County councillor in Wales. Sophie is a speaker and leader globally in her current role as a Sustainability Futures and Wellbeing Adviser.

Aims of this Workshop:

  • To support young people who are trying to effect change - ways of framing the conversation.
  • Use the Wales experience in wellbeing and sustainability to connect to our own opportunities.
  • Identify some simple actions that people can take individually and collectively.
  • Provide some basic introduction to futures thinking and the tools/strategies that support this mahi.

This interactive workshop will involve rangatahi working in teams to focus on the Future of Christchurch 2050. 

You are invited to send up to four Year 12 and 13 student representatives to take part in this opportunity to learn alongside a world thought leader and effect change in Ōtautahi now and in the future. 

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the planning team 

Cheryl Doig:

Kerry Hall: 


26 Jul 2023

Venue: University Canterbury, Rehua, Room 103

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