What is it?
Deaf Aotearoa’s Youth service develops the potential of Deaf and hard-of-hearing youth as individuals and as a group, by providing:
- a transition programme to guide young people into work or study
- a youth intern programme
- activities to develop strong Deaf identities and leadership skills.
This programme is for Deaf and hard-of-hearing youth aged 16-21 who are in their last years of high school.
Deaf Aotearoa Facilitators work closely with Transition participants to plan life after school, whether that means further education, training, or getting a job.
Facilitators support young people to find and understand important information, so they can make fully informed decisions.
Youth Intern Programme
Each year Deaf Aotearoa employs a small group of Youth Interns.
The internships are one year long and provide real paid work experience at Deaf Aotearoa, as well as an opportunity to complete training.
Intern positions can be based in any of Deaf Aotearoa’s offices and can be adapted to suit interns’ areas of interest.
Developing Deaf Identity
Deaf Aotearoa’s Youth service supports Deaf and hard-of-hearing youth no matter what their identity or language preference.
Facilitators work with youth to establish or increase positive social contact with the Deaf community, by setting up activities and events. Developing strong identity and leadership skills results in Deaf and hard-of-hearing youth who are proud of who they are.
Deaf Aotearoa’s Youth service works closely with other youth programmes and services to make them more accessible and Deaf-friendly.
“Deaf Aotearoa’s Youth service helped me learn more about myself and what I can achieve in life, study and work, as well as introducing me to new lifelong friendships.”