From unemployment to mentor – Jayde’s future is looking up
Published: Feb 18, 2020
Jayde Hunter-Transom is a role model and teacher aide with a future in supporting young people to make the most of their education.
Looking to improve his future, Jayde joined the Ministry of Pacific People’s Tupu Aotearoa programme through service provider SENZ based in the Hawke’s Bay.
Tupu Aotearoa aims to help young Pacific people improve their future prospects through training and employment. Until recently it was only available in parts of Auckland and Hamilton, but thanks to the support of the Provincial Growth Fund, the programme has been expanded to regions.
Jayde met with Hawke’s Bay SENZ coach Jonathan Suavaga and started visiting Tamatea Intermediate School to hang out with troubled youth at lunchtimes.
He soon built a great rapport with the students and decided to start boxing classes while also talking to them about his life experiences - teaching them so much more than boxing.
Hearing great things about the classes, Tamatea Intermediate's principal took a look at how students doing the classes were behaving in school and found their behavior had improved both in the classroom and in the wider school.
Impressed with Jayde’s achievements, the principal offered him a teaching support role. He is now employed, looking after high needs and at-risk youth, while continuing to run boxing classes and is excited about the journey in front of him.