Youth Formation and Development
Earlier this month, the young adults and staff of Vinnies embarked on a series of retreats so as to grow closer to one another and to grow in their faith. This provided an invaluable platform to build upon the values of the individuals and form lasting bonds that would translate to stronger acts of service for the wider community.
Reconnecting with the Schools
The start of February also signaled the unraveling of the Schools Youth Programme for 2018. Across Auckland, the Vinnies Youth Team currently operate in 14 Catholic Colleges. The purpose of this programme is to provide a curriculum based on the seven corporal works of mercy. Each school visit is an opportunity to educate the youth on social issues within their community, and provide the neccesary tools for these young men and women to carry out works of service.
Throughout the month, a number of the youth team began visitation to each of the colleges to meet with teachers and the student leaders for each Vinnies group. Each visit was centred around planning themes for future meetings, and potential service projects that the students could undertake over the next school term.
First AVSSC Meeting 2018
Once a month, the student leaders of each Vinnies group in Auckland gather for leadership development. At these gatherings the students learn more about the St Vincent de Paul charism and are provided practical tools to manage their wider Vinnies groups. The significance of this forum is that it provides a platfrom for the voice of the youth to be heard and nurtured. Through a network of support and guidance, these young men and women make up the Auckland Vinnies Secondary School Council, or “AVSSC” for short. After meeting with each school group respectively, the time came to gather these students for the first time. What began as nervous glances between strangers, soon developed into acquainted youth full of laughter and smiles. These connections will be nurtured over the many gatherings to come.
Farewell to Pelasio
As some journeys begin, others enter a new chapter. In this instance, the Youth Team bid farewell to Pelasio Iaseto-Filo, a staff member bound for Wellington to undertake an intern position with Challenge2000. Challenge 2000 is a professional, dynamic and passionate Youth Development, Community and Family Social Work Agency. The organisation works mainly throughout the Wellington region, providing a wide range of services and programmes to children, young people, families and community groups.
Pelasio was a member of the youth team since 2014, and was a significant youth volunteer for many years prior. The Kingsland Vinnies team as well as leaders from the Logos Marist Project gathered to celebrate, pray for and send off their colleague.