Bay of Plenty youth on the path to success

Published: Nov 4, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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More than 480 young people in Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne will be supported on their path to further education, training or employment thanks to a nearly $4.3 million boost from the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) fund.

This funding will enable four previously HPR funded providers in the Bay of Plenty to continue much needed services for young people in their region, and will support them to build on the progress and learnings from the past two years. 

Exploration and Activation to Thrive will receive $651,000 to support at least 90 Ōpōtiki rangatahi at risk of disengaging with school, and who may be experiencing issues with attendance, behaviour management, difficult family backgrounds and substance abuse.
The programme will use a tuakana-teina approach to grow student’s confidence, lift their aspirations and help realise their cultural competencies and leadership potential.

Similarly, He Poutama Rangatahi o Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust will receive a further $798,631 to support at least 83 young people in Ōpōtiki to transition from school to employment, higher education or training.

This funding will enable the Trust to provide more intensive and longer periods of one-on-one support to high risk rangatahi, while continuing to support programme participants to improve in areas such as numeracy, literacy and physical fitness.

The Youth Employment to Education programme will use additional funding of $819,652 to connect 90 rangatahi with opportunities related to the local aquaculture, construction and primary industries.

The programme has a strong focus on apprenticeships and employment, and will work with local employers in construction, mussel farming, steel works, electrical, plumbing, poly panel construction, and concrete works.

The Whakatāne based programme, Whaia Te Rangatiratanga – Pathways to Independence will receive $2,001,382 to support 220 rangatahi and provide access to a youth worker, counsellor and GP services.

Participants will develop a health plan involving GP consults, gym visits, nutrition programmes and help with substance abuse. They will be supported to gain qualifications and will take part in employment preparedness workshops on a range of topics.