Targeted support for 12-15 year olds to reduce the barriers to learning, and support achievement in education, and future training and employment .

Taiohi Tupuranga supports successful re-engagement with, and transition through, the educational journey of the ākonga (12-15) through a holistic approach that enables comprehensive needs assessment and support to address their needs; and enable ākonga to experience a range of youth development opportunities including outdoor experiential learning, team activities, creative programmes, and health and wellbeing services and support. Ākonga will be supported by youth workers/mentors to achieve their individual pathway plans and reinforce the skills and competencies learned through the workshops as part of ākonga’s holistic development.

Research focusing on young people identifies the benefits of creative youth development programmes including the development of attitudes (e.g. self-discipline, self-efficacy) and behaviours (e.g. more frequent school attendance, reduced dropout rates) that improve school performance; development of life-skills (e.g. understanding the consequences of one’s behaviour, working in teams); and development of pro-social attitudes and behaviours among ‘at risk’ youth (e.g. building social bonds, improving self-image).

 Opportunities and evidence-based approaches that increase confidence and engagement in learning include:



Building positive and trusting relationships. Creating intentional and ongoing opportunities for ākonga to share where they are from, what is important to them and why.


Providing a safe/empowering space in which ākonga feel accepted / included / valued.

Whai Wāhitanga

Valuing ākonga and giving them space to participate and to have agency in their lives, their learning, and the decisions that affect them.


Providing taiohi quality information by weaving together different forms of knowledge and enabling ākonga to make positive choices.

Learning styles

Asking ākonga how they learn best and understanding their interests and strengths, finding out what’s working for them and areas for support

Tailoring support

Tailoring support for ākonga based on individual and group needs

Learning environments

Providing flexible learning environments, beyond-the-classroom activities, and creative youth development experiences to develop capabilities, leadership, resilience, self-esteem and collaboration skills



Using peer-to-peer approaches and fostering tuakana-teina relationships and approaches

This 10-week programme consisting of face-to-face workshops and coaching/mentoring sessions tailored to the needs of each group and individual ākonga. Experienced youth workers use a holistic youth development based approach to deliver team activities, creative programmes, health and wellbeing services and support, individualised PATH plans, skills and competency workshops, and outdoor experiential learning to motivate ākonga to stay engaged in their educational journey.

Each ākonga will attend five full day face-to-face workshops and receive a minimum of 8 coaching/mentoring sessions (one per week) throughout the programme. Support will be tailored for ākonga based on individual and group needs to help Ākonga gain a clear plan for their future and access the support they need to achieve their goals and reach their potential and thrive.

  • Gaining essential Life skills
  • Engagement in groups
  • An increased level of engagement in their learning and aspiration for their future, or transition to further training or employment
  • Stronger connections with whānau, iwi, community, and other support services including schools, health, and youth services
  • Increased confidence in their learning environments
  • Strengthening youth voice
  • Access to essential resources and services
  • A clear plan for their futures
  • Connect with the wider community
  • Achieving their potential
  • Thriving independence
  • Increased wellbeing, capability and resilience skills and connections for young people, including strengthening youth identity, sense of belonging, and social connectedness with their peers, whanau and communities



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Or for more information contact:

Steve Holmes

Youth Development Manager