Millennials and Gen Z: Who really needs fixing – us or them?

Young people today are rude, lazy, self-entitled risk-takers who need fixing – according to the media. 

Why do we fear, stigmatise and discriminate against our young people? What if youth mentoring expert Pat told you that most young people are making better decisions than many of today’s adults made when they were younger?

Focusing only on youth as ‘problems’ hinders their true potential as contributing members of society. In this engaging and interactive session Pat will encourage the audience to challenge negative youth stereotypes. She will draw on her experience as a researcher and Co-Director of Campus Connections Aotearoa, a therapeutic youth mentoring programme for marginalised young people who have been alienated from mainstream school.  After this talk you’ll never see youth in the same light again. 


Dr Pat Bullen is a senior lecturer in youth development and youth mentoring in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Pat’s research and teaching focuses on the factors that contribute to adolescent thriving. Central to Pat’s work is how research can be used to enhance the lives of young people by informing policy and practice. Pat is a Vodafone World of Difference Fellow, a member of the Adolescent Health Research Group and Co-Director of the youth mentoring programme Campus Connections Aotearoa.  

8:00pm @Carmen Jones, 382 Karangahape Road, Auckland 1010

Also speaking at this location at 6:30pm is Rebecca Deed.