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We turn a high risk time – e.g. the threat of exclusion from school – into an opportunity for the young person to effect change in their lives. Short term – positive self-identity; emotional wellbeing; improved school attendance; increased respect for self, others and authority. Medium term – increased academic performance and positive behavioural choices. The cycle of underachievement is broken and social change is happening as young people set and achieve self-determined goals, changing their mind-set on the potential they have for their future. Long term – the intergenerational poverty cycle is broken. The young person achieves educational goals never before achieved in their family resulting in a change of attitude towards education and the relationship of achieving higher paid employment.
Family/whanau are included, supported and involved as we work together to support the youth. We offer families support by connecting them with local community services and people who care. As a result, family stresses are reduced. Home becomes safer and more functional for all.
Academic outcomes improve significantly. Students who attend our programmes are more focussed and respectful in class, enabling the teacher to focus more on teaching than behaviour management.Social capital is improved as local agencies, community groups, schools and family/whanau are connected together for positive change. Youth crime and destructive behaviour is reduced, enhancing community safety and wellbeing.
Developing key relationships is important to ensure the programmes meet the needs of the community.StudentsSchool Principals / Deputy Principals / pastoral support teams / Attendance and Development Officers / Student Support AdvisorsFamilies/WhanauLocal Iwi and Màori and Pasifika groupsSouth Auckland organisations (including Manurewa Youth Workers network and Papakura Activities Centre)Senior Advisors at Ministry of Education / Psychologists at Group Special EducationCentral and local government agencies: Child Youth and Family / Ministry of Social Development (Social Sector Trials) / Police, Health (DHB – District Health Board and CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) / Te Puni Kokiri (Whānau Ora).
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