What kind of a world are young people inheriting?
What kind of a future are we preparing for?
Why even bother??!!
We will tackle these questions and more
in the Youth Stream of The Cashmere Conference.
A stimulating and fun day with other young people,
and engaging with the wider conference,
on the issues that are shaping your future, our future.
Dare to grasp hold of the future!
Calling all teenagers and young leaders (ages 14-30)
for the Youth Stream at the Cashmere Conference
Saturday 10 September 2016 9.30am - 3.30pm
Cost: only $10 includes lunch
Youth Stream participants will receive a Certificate for attending, which will highlight leadership skills developed, and community engagement.
Facilitator: Jonathon Barb
Jono is the youth worker at Rangiora Presbyterian Church, and is training to be a minister. He's from the US and is about to become a Dad.
Speaker: Andrew Shepherd
Andrew leads 'A Rocha' in NZ, which works to protect the environment, from a Christian perspective. Based in Wanaka, he is passionate about helping young people make bigger connections and get involved.
Where? Cashmere Presbyterian Church ... up Dyers Pass Rd, on the corner of Macmillan Ave.
So is this a Christian thing? Do you have to be a Christian?
The Cashmere Conference is run by Christian people, but is open to anyone, whether you have faith or not.
It's for anyone who's interested in talking about where our world is going and what we can do about it.
YOUTH SPACE PROGRAMME:
9.30am get there
... Yeah, OK, it's really early on a Saturday morning :-(
Main session with everyone to kick off the topics
10.15 YOUTH SPACE up in the top lounge, to get-to-know-you, have morning tea, and talk about how we see the future.
11.20 WORKSHOPS. You can choose any but you might especially enjoy either the Digital Technologies one (Facing Others) or creative space
1.30 YOUTH SPACE exploring how the massive changes in our environment are going to affect our lives, and what we can do about it.
3.00 REPORT-BACK time to the conference
3.30 Go Home Time
Click here to download a letter for young people and parents:
Do young people care about the future?
"Lots of teenagers don't give a rat's ass about stuff that doesn't affect them personally.
Lots of teenagers feel that they can't do anything about the world, and that it is not worth trying. It is scary to even think about the future, and it's not easy to talk about."
"We don't want to sit around talking about all the problems of the world and just get depressed about it. There has to be some point to it, some practical outcome."
Aaron Purdie, age 16
This is about provoking discussion
Dare to hope for the future
Be heard as a youth voice
Find practical outcomes and ways ahead
that actually make a difference.
"Come on, young people!
Claim a place in your own future. Find your voice.
This isn't about buying into someone else's agenda,
or joining an organisation -
this is about your freedom to imagine a future worth living in!
Sure, there are plenty of reasons to not give a damn,
but are they really your reasons?
Sure there's plenty out there to depress you and rob you of hope, but what do you think?
The Cashmere Conference will be a safe space where you can have a go at working out what matters to you,
and hold the crazy possibility that the future might actually be somewhere you want to go one day!"
Silvia Purdie, Conference organiser.