What We Do » Mission for Youth
Providing a comprehensive Alternative Education programme for youth who have disengaged or been excluded from mainstream schools.
How The Mission helps youth
Disillusioned rangatahi (young people) often look for new ways of being accepted. This can lead down a negative or counterproductive path, and cause associations with inappropriate role models and involvement in anti-social activities, crime and drugs.
Mission for Youth (MFY) provides a comprehensive Alternative Education and life-skills programme for these young people. We aim to provide them with a place of belonging, which offers opportunities to master skills and encourages self-reliance, motivation and generosity.
What happens at Mission for Youth
Typically our rangatahi are aged between 13 and 16, and have often grown up experiencing mental health issues, family dysfunction, violence, abuse, or drug and alcohol addiction. Through counselling, personal support, advocacy and mentoring, some of Greater Wellington’s ‘high-risk’ youth can address underlying issues in a safe environment. Simultaneously, they work to achieve NCEA qualifications, learn new academic and social skills, and build positive relationships.
Students work through personal plans tailored to their strengths, interests and needs, to achieve meaningful academic and social goals, and lasting transformation. With the encouragement and guidance of youth workers, they work through important issues and explore future possibilities. We also collaborate with a range of external community services and specialists for more comprehensive support; these include Child, Youth and Family, alcohol and drug counsellors, Police Youth Aid, and health education providers.
Students are encouraged to build on their achievements – by returning to mainstream school, enrolling in ongoing education or moving into paid employment – to enable them to progress towards leading productive, positive, and fuller lives.
• MFY Students were assisted to achieve 158 NCEA credits, and take part in 129 Education Outside the Classroom sessions and life-skills workshops.
• MFY Staff made 135 face-to-face contacts, and 1,382 contacts via phone and email, with parents and caregivers.
• MFY 79% of students did not offend or reoffend while enrolled on the programme.
• MFY 24 students attended Mission for Youth.
• MFY Of the 14 students who transitioned from the programme, 12 graduated after they had successfully completed the objectives in their personal plans, and no longer needed MFY support.
Ministry of Education Alternative Education enrolment criteria
The programme structure
How is Mission for Youth funded?
Mission for Youth is now into its fourteenth year of operation. 27% of our annual costs are met by Ministry of Education and Child, Youth & Family funding, with the balance being raised by general Wellington City Mission fundraising. There are some costs listed below which are incurred by students:
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