June Update

We’re near the end of term 2 so we thought it time for a little update.

Managed Moves Pilot Programme for 13 – 16 year olds

MANAGED MOVES PILOT PROGRAMME FOR 13 – 16 YEAR OLDS
The Managed Moves Pilot Programme aims to prevent exclusions from school, and minimise the barriers to education that exist for our most at risk young people.  It does this by working with schools, service providers, the young person and their family, and the community to collectively come up with an education and a care plan, which is essentially the wrap around support a young person might need to support them to stay engaged in education.

We started the pilot at the beginning of 2017, so have had just under 2 terms under our belt.  Here are the highlights:

  • 39 Young people have been involved in the programme and of those 29 of those young people are still active in the programme, the other 10 have moved into a ‘tracking of progress only’ phase.
  • 8 Young people have returned to mainstream and of those 3 of them avoided going to alternative education at all.
  • 1 young person was transitioned into a youth guarantee programme
  • 8 young people have a review date for their entry back into mainstream with a guidelines of what they need to have done or achieved to enable that transition back into mainstream.
  • We’ve been able to achieve these great outcomes for young people with just one Managed Moves Co-ordinator – Pip Millanta.  She’s been doing brilliantly and we are currently exploring the potential to bring on a second Managed Moves Co-ordinator in the not too distant future!As well as great outcomes for the young people themselves we’ve noticed some of the great indirect outcomes including:

    – Deputy Principals and SENCO’s are now meeting twice a term to talk about the students that are at risk of disengaging.  Our Managed Moves Co-ordinator is part of those meetings, so together they work out the best options for their students.  What they are also doing is sharing knowledge and best practice across the board, which can only result in great things for all of our young people.
    – One of the other great outcomes we’ve noticed is as a result of organisations and people being given the opportunity to get together and share.  The increase in communication is growing an awareness of shared focus or ideas, which is providing opportunity for greater collaboration and support.

    We’ll provide another update in term 3.

 

YESS – 16 – 24 year old programme

In the last newsletter and at the last meeting we made a call for those interested in participating in a working group to look at the development of a programme aimed at removing the barriers to education and employment for our 16 – 24 year old at risk youth.   We are delighted to say that we have an amazing working group actively working on this body of work, and we have the support of Akina Foundation.

Working Group:

  • Dom Leauga – Youth Connections
  • Neil Brand – Youth Services West
  • Andrea Thumath – Unitec

The team are working with our development manager and the Managed Moves Programme team and together are developing a plan for a pilot later this year.

Update from the last meeting

Thanks to everyone that came to our meeting at the end of May.  At that meeting we gave everyone and update of what’s been happening and the new work that we’re exploring.  You can find out about that here.

We also had TYMS present to the group about the work that they are doing.  There was a lot of interest in the services that they provide so the team at TYMS have given us some more information for those that are interested.

TYMS Programmes

One on one academic mentoring:

Our approach to improving young people’s wellbeing is strengths-based, holistic (combining academic mentoring with family/student advocacy) We work one on one with each young person focusing on:

Education: Compulsory numeracy and literacy (in line with NZ curriculum) activities tailored to the needs of the young person.

Community Engagement: Connecting the young person with a local sports team, church or with local community services (e.g. leisure centres, youth hubs).

Physical: We have a gym on-site for the young person’s use but we also vary our physical activities by taking them out to local parks and swimming pools.  Healthy eating plans and personal hygiene are also a major focus.

Cultural identity: We will support the young person with their cultural identity needs, providing the young person with positive experiences of being Pasifika and/or Māori whilst living in Aotearoa.

Life skills: We provide positive male role models and the importance of respect (for ourselves, others, our communities) underpins everything we work on.  Other life skills include opening a bank account, assistance with obtaining a drivers licence, preparing a CV, and planning career paths.

Group mentoring in schools:

TYMS run a small group mentoring programme focusing on Healthy Relationships. This programme is based around seven values that contribute to having healthy and respectful relationships with family, peers and the wider community. The programme is 8 weeks long and runs for one hour per session.

Trades School Programme:

Our TYMS Trade school is a 16 week course (deemed as full time) which offers Graduates successfully completing the Northland Polytechnic Certificate in Elementary Construction (minimum of 60 credits); National Certificate in Building and Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS); and First Aid certificate. We also provide pastoral care to our students which includes getting our students ‘work ready’ or staircasing them into further education. We will connect them with other trusted agencies for other specialized supports where necessary. 

For referrals / further information please contact our office :

Ph:09 9712746

admin@tyms.org.nz

 

In other news!

Kia ora and sincerely hope you are well.

 The Human Rights Commission, Multicultural New Zealand and Hui E, are holding a series of 12 youth workshops nationally. The purpose of these workshops are to explore some of the barriers youth face when accessing social services particularly when they require assistance. The workshops will provide a positive environment to interact, discuss these issues and mutually educate and inform.

 The youth will also contribute to developing a Youth APP – YouthAoteaReo funded by New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. This will serve as an ongoing national resource to support youth.

 We are seeking your assistance to promote the workshop amongst our communities. Please can the attached information be shared through your community networks and youth encouraged to register and attend. The workshop is free to attend, includes meals and wifi. Open to all youth and adults that work with youth. Our focus is on getting the key voices of youth in the workshop.

 We are grateful for your support. We are confident this positive initiative will strengthen our engagement with youth.

 The attached documents refers. Please share amongst your networks.

 Date: Saturday 8 July 2017

Time: 10.30am to 4.00pm

Venue: Mangere East Community Centre, 372 Massey Road, Mangere East, Counties Manukau, Auckland.

Registration essential for catering purposes

(Link to the PDF is below)

AoteaReo_CountiesManakau_Link 1

 

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the collective impact initiative please contact our Development Manager Janette on janette@aawcollectiveimpact.org

 

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