In 2009 the ASB Community Trust identified youth health and wellbeing as an important area of focus and commissioned external research to help guide its future policy development and funding approach.
The research provided an overview of the health and wellbeing needs of young people (12–24 years) in Auckland and Northland. It reviewed and summarised current policies, models of good practice, and existing services in order to highlight gaps and opportunities for the Trust to provide support through policy and investment in the future.
In May 2010 a research summary was written, a copy of which is now available on this website.
As a result of this research, the Trust has developed an innovative new Youth Health and Development Fund that aims to improve the health and social outcomes of young people aged 12–24, through focusing on youth development, health promotion and prevention.