Celebrating Youth Leadership and Two Years of the Rangatahi Leadership Opportunities Database (RLOD)

On May 10th, we celebrated the second anniversary of the launch of the Rangatahi Leadership Opportunities Database (RLOD) – two years dedicated to making information on youth leadership more transparent, fair, and accessible for all rangatahi in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Rangatahi Leadership Opportunities Database (RLOD), which launched during Youth Week 2022, seeks to break down the information barrier that many young people face in accessing information about what opportunities are out there and how to apply. This challenge is particularly pronounced among young people from migrant backgrounds, first-generation students, and those attending lower decile schools.

Since its inception, the project has continued to evolve and grow from strength to strength. It has garnered widespread backing and support from various sectors, including government agencies, youth and community organisations, schools, and the broader community of rangatahi in Aotearoa.

To celebrate the Rangatahi Leadership Opportunities Database (RLOD)’s second anniversary, we unveiled a new-and-improved website, featuring newly developed resources to share within schools and communities. A huge mihi goes to the talented creatives at Cultigraphy and SANA Creative Studio for bringing our vision to life.

What’s next for the RLOD?

On May 22nd, we will host our first public virtual event, “Community Kōrero: Celebrating Youth Leadership 2024,” during Youth Week 2024. This event will bring together community members of all ages to celebrate and discuss the past, present, and future of youth leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand. It serves as a moment to reaffirm our dedication to breaking down barriers and creating equitable opportunities for all rangatahi.

Acknowledgements

The RLOD is a community-led resource, powered by the collective effort of the community behind it. We extend our gratitude to our community of volunteers, sponsors, supporters, champions, and change-makers for their invaluable contributions to our journey thus far.

A special thank you to the Tindall Foundation for partnering with us on this work over the past few years. Without your support, none of this would be possible.

Together, the future looks bright!