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When they were little it was easy. You held up a blue sweatshirt and a red one and said, “Choose which one you’d like to wear”. It was easy to let them make the choice because you’d already made sure the outcome would be ok.
But as they get older things aren’t so simple. The choices turn into bigger ones like; “Do I look at that website? Do I get in that car?”
Parents remain an important voice when it comes to helping children make the right choices, but as they approach their teenage years, there are many other voices competing for their attention. Voices that say, “Don’t worry, just try it” or “You don’t have to tell anyone”.
That’s where Attitude – the youth division of The Parenting Place – comes into the equation. Our presenters go into high schools all over New Zealand with a strong, positive voice, equipping young people with positive messages to help them make the right choice. “Actually, no. I’m not comfortable with this” and “I can do better than this”. We’ve been doing this for 18 years. Last year our presenters spoke to 240,000 young people in 92 percent of New Zealand high schools.
We know that Attitude changes lives and the frightening statistics show our young people are at risk, but we need your help. Due to the limited health budgets provided to schools, we need donations so that we can continue going into schools with these positive messages. It costs approximately $395 to deliver an Attitude presentation to 125 students. On average we receive only $87 from schools for each presentation.
Please donate to help our young people make the right choices that will lead to a positive future.
From the team at The Parenting Place
In 2012 representative samples of New Zealand secondary school students completed an anonymous comprehensive health and wellbeing survey ( Youth 2000 series*). The results from these surveys give the most comprehensive, accurate and up-to- date information about issues facing young people in Aotearoa. Worryingly, statistics show high numbers of young people who are emotionally distressed, bullied, overweight, using contraception inconsistently and/or exposed to violence.