Support for holistic Bay of Plenty youth programme

Published: Jun 12, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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Up to 60 at-risk rangatahi in the Bay of Plenty will receive intensive training and extended pastoral support to help them into employment, thanks to a $407,400 investment from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) fund.

The Ministry of Social Development is also providing $310,000 for set-up costs, bringing total funding for the Bay of Plenty Youth Development Trust’s ‘Imagine, Believe, Achieve (Moemoea, Kimihia, Taea)’ employment training programme to $717,400.

The programme’s General Manager Ms Rebecca Roe says the programme is designed to help young people meet life’s challenges, guiding them into adult life, sustained employment, and beyond.

“We want our rangatahi to meet their potential to succeed. We help get them fit and ready for work, and partner with local employers to provide employment and training opportunities,” says Ms Roe.

“The Imagine, Believe, Achieve programme targets young people aged 15 – 24 years who are not currently in employment, education or training. We work with young people at risk of long-term benefit dependency, who may have gone through really challenging early-life experiences.

“We weave principles of tikanga and te reo Māori in to the programme, providing a wrap-around, whānau-centred approach.”

The HPR funding was announced in June 2020 and over the next two years will provide up to 60 participants with intensive pastoral care from trainers and a psychologist, tailored education and training, job placements and employment opportunities.

A group of rangatahi giving a powhiri to an audience in front of a boxing ring.

Young members of the Tauranga Boxing Academy gave a haka powhiri at the announcement on 9 June 2020