Sup­port­ing teenagers in lo­cal com­mu­nity

South Waikato News - - FEATURE -

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.

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