Rap promotes youth non-violence in Northland

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An innovative and ground-breaking project promoting youth non-violence is coming to the East Coast and the far North in the lead-up to White Ribbon Day 2011.

RAP: Respect All People Whakamana Tangata supports youth organisations to take a leadership role in reducing and replacing violence in the environments they provide to young people. RAP is managed by the National Network of Stopping Violence, Te Kupenga, and funded by the Ministry of Health.

Workshop participants are given new ideas, approaches and resources as well as practical suggestions on what youth organisations can do in their communities to change attitudes to violence.

RAP youth programme trainer Dale Ferris will deliver a presentation to introduce the project to youth workers, health promoters and violence prevention professionals at Tauawhi Mens Centre in Gisborne on Monday November 7 and Tuesday November 8 and again at the Blue Boar in Ruatoria on Thursday November 10 and Friday November 11.

In late November, Dale will head to Whangarei to deliver a RAP presentation as well as a youth workshop, support RAP graduates of a previous workshop and participate in the annual White Ribbon Ride hosted by Te Kupenga member agency, Bream Bay Community Support Trust.

Te Kupenga takes an active role in White Ribbon Day November 25 through its work with the national co-ordinating committee and supports a number of high profile events including the White Ribbon Ride and the White Ribbon Race.

The campaign encourages men to talk openly about family violence, to support men who want to change their abusive behaviour, and to challenge comments, statements and actions by men that are abusive.

Dale says the behaviour of young people reflects the behaviour of the adults in their lives and she urges men to step up and be positive role models to rangatahi as their contribution to White Ribbon Day 2011.

It is clear that the best intervention with disruptive youth is for them to have an effective relationship with an adult who influences them positively they need to know they are cared for and they will respond to having clear guidelines of appropriate behaviour.

For more information about RAP, go to the website, www.respect.org.nz, or to enrol for the RAP workshop, email admin@nnsvs.org.nz.

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For more information including interviews, contact Te Kupenga communications adviser Vanessa Bidois on direct dial +64 4 802 6402, mobile +64 21 928 007 or email vanessa.bidois@nnsvs.org.nz.

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