Australasian Youth Justice Administrators

AYJA Spotlight Series – Presentation 2 – ‘Expressing Themselves: Creating Poetry in New Zealand Youth Justice Residences’ Oranga Tamariki NZ

Spotlight Series Presentation 2 – 4 June 2021

The second video in AYJA’s Spotlight Series explores the importance and impact of enabling young people in youth justice to express themselves through poetry.  AYJA is excited to present ‘Expressing themselves: creating poetry in New Zealand youth justice residences’.

In January 2020, poet Ben Brown ran a four-day poetry workshop for young people and staff at Te Puna Wai o Tūhinapō youth justice residence in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Poems produced by the boys were published in an anthology ‘How did I get here?’

Ben returned to Te Puna Wai in January for a 2021 edition of his workshop.  This video shares the experience and insight of Ben and staff at the residence about the impact and importance of amplifying the voices of young people.

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