ReGeneration Summer Jam

Summer Jam is our annual national youth leadership event. For the last four years we have assembled an amazing group of young people from around New Zealand who are already leading the change in thier communities, schools and organisations. These large annual events are an opportunity for our crew to upskill, plan actions, have fun and consider the question "where to from here?"

We call these events 'Jams' because like an improvised musical jam session the result is a spontaneous combination of all the participant's skills and knowledge and energy. The concept is youth teaching youth, and while we do have facilitators, youth workers and invited speakers we are part of the Jam.




Summer Jam 2012

This year we went back where it all began at the beautiful Tauhara Centre near Taupo. Over 70 awesome young people of all ages participated in the six day programme of workshops, presentations, dilaogue and practical action. Workshops included project planning, decision making, building an electric bike, harakeke weaving, going to Antactica, ethical bystanders, how to DJ, climate change and photography.

A highlight of the Jam was the first "Young Changemaker of the Year" award being presented to Ben Dowdle from Pakuranga College in Auckland. Congratulations Ben!


Summer Jam 2011

This years Summer Jam involved 120 young leaders from as far North as Whangarei and as far South as Invercargill. The venue was once again Living Springs with the Port Hills and Lyttleton Harbour providing a stunning backdrop to an amazing week of conversations, workshops, outdoor action, and planning for the year ahead.

A huge thank you to everyone who was involved!


Summer Jam 2010

The first ReGeneration Summer Jam was held at the Living Springs conference centre near Lyttelton.This awesome event was attended by 95 young leaders from throughout New Zealand, and involved workshops, outdoor activities, practical actions on the land, and guest speakers.

The crew also cranked into planning some great regional projects including the Avon River Cleanup, the Brooklyn Mural project, the Taranaki Round the Mountain Festival, and ReGen Deep South Jam.


ReGen '09

The ReGeneration project was launched in February 2009 at a 'design retreat' at the beautiful Tauhara Centre near Taupo. 55 young leaders, mentors, and elders spent four days together talking about the potential for a new national youth collective, sharing skills and taking on roles in the project.

The event was made possible with support from The Enviroschools Foundation, The Tindall Foundation, and The New Zealand Council for Educational Research.



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