Well, 2010 is coming to an end. This year has gone so FAST! You may have noticed things have been pretty quiet on the website over the last few months. This is because, as I am sure many of you are aware, Global Focus Aotearoa has lost its funding and consequently Just Focus faces a very uncertain future.
One thing we can be sure about though, is that since its establishment in 2005 the Just Focus project has offered a unique space for young people who are passionate about global issues. Every year, through events like Media that Matters Aotearoa, our journalism programme, Just Write and this awesome website, we have helped make sense of the complex, crazy world we live in and offered thousands of young New Zealanders opportunities to take action and create positive change.
2010 has been no exception!! We launched the first issue of inkling at Parliament, hosted by the Hon Tariana Turia; got involved with the Regeneration Network and took part in Summer Jam, as well as helping to plan an EPIC road trip for 2011 (details here); Will represented Just Focus at the World Youth Congress in July, which was attended by almost 1000 young people; and the Just Write teams published loads of articles on the Just Focus website, in Tearaway magazine and other youth media.
In fact, the current Just Write team has just finished producing the second issue of inkling. It looks choice! It will be going out to every secondary school in the first term of 2011, but if you want a copy for yourself, just email us at email@example.com
At this stage we really don’t know what 2011 is going to look like, but we hope to be able to keep Just Focus going in some way.
In the meantime we would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the people who have been involved with Just Focus over the years, from the original youth advisory group to former coordinators, but mostly to all you awesome young people who have contributed your time and energy. We have had a great time and are immensely proud of what has been achieved, but we know there is always more to do…so we hope to see you again soon!
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful and safe summer.
Ka kite anō
Will and Jennie