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Undergraduate subject

Youth and Community Leadership

Kaihautūtanga Mātātahi

30 November 2023

Examine ways to create meaningful change for youth and other communities.



Youth and Community Leadership


Youth and Community Leadership explores national and global challenges that impact today’s youth and our communities, and looks at ways to create meaningful change through leadership.

You can study a range of issues like social justice, sustainability, policy, and equity. You can also focus on communities that you want to make a difference in.

Youth and Community Leadership

Youth and Community Leadership

What will my study involve?

  • Work closely with UC’s active student community who have led efforts in natural disaster relief, social causes, wellbeing, sustainability, and cultural diversity.
  • Connect with community through noho marae, volunteering with Te Hunga Tūao | Student Volunteer Army, and work with Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University.
  • On completion of the recommended courses for youth work and development, you can apply for membership to Korowai Tupu, the Professional Association for Youth Work in Aotearoa.
  • Act now with off-campus and hands-on projects and internships so you can start making change while studying (e.g., addressing topics such as climate change, young people’s health and wellbeing, human trafficking, and planning events for the Rainbow community).
  • Find out more about youth and community leadership pathways and study options.

Youth and Community Leadership


UC offers a Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership and a Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership .

Youth and Community Leadership minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Psychological Science, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, or Sport, complete the following courses:


Youth and Community Leadership

Career opportunities

Develop skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, project management, bicultural competence, collaboration, and community engagement to get you ready for a career with youth and community. What you will learn can be applied to community leadership worldwide.

Career pathways could include:

  • youth work
  • policy analysis and advisory
  • iwi and Māori development
  • teaching and training.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

Related brochures

Undergraduate Prospectus

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International Prospectus 2024/2025

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