Supporting teenagers in local community
Despite the colder winter evenings, youth are still turning out in high numbers to the Clubs Youth mentoring programme.
‘‘Clubs’’ was set up to assist in providing much-needed support to teenagers in the community who required a safe place to go with fun activities and role models to challenge negative attitudes and encourage more pro-social thinking and behaviour.
Clubs Youth workers are employed by Raukawa but there are more than 24 community mentors from around Tokoroa and Putaruru that give of their time weekly to help the 50 youth registered on the Clubs Mentoring Programme.
Last year these community mentors offered a combined total of 2204 hours of volunteer youth mentoring on the Clubs programme which included 40 groupbased youth mentoring evenings, 17 community events, eight gender- specific small group programmes and various parent and school advocacy sessions.
South Waikato Youth Services manager Jade Hohaia said: ‘‘Clubs is one of the real gems of the social sector trials, it is a grass-roots programme brought to life by people who are passionate about seeing young people succeed in life. Without the goodwill of our local heroes (mentors), it would never have been possible.’’
Clubs will be extended Putaruru this year.
TURNING OUT IN FORCE: Youth numbers remain strong despite colder temperatures creeping in for winter.