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Youth diversity hui coming to Wellington

Thu 11 Jul 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News

Youth aged 13-22 from the lower North Island are being invited to ‘PatchwerQ’ a hui being run by the QSA Network Aotearoa and School’s Out in Wellington later this month. Organisers says PatchwerQ will be focused on offering support, developing leadership and encouraging connectedness between LGBTTIQ youth in the Wellington region and lower North Island. Kabel Manga from School’s Out says studies show that many queer youth continue to experience higher levels of bullying, depression, self-harm and suicide. “We see a range of youth building their confidence just by attending our social groups, meeting like-minded young people and being around visible role models.” QSA Network Aoteaora Chair Tabby Besley says PatchwerQ will provide a great opportunity for youth to gain new skills and knowledge, particularly around setting up queer straight alliances and diversity groups in schools. PatchwerQ Hui is being held at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay from the 25th to 28th of July. Registrations are open for youth aged 13 - 22 here      

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 11th July 2013 - 10:05am

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