The Petone Youth and Families Trust was granted funding from the Sutherland Self Help Trust for its 24/7 YouthWorks mentoring programme to assist with the impact of COIVD-19 on students at Hutt Valley High School.
The school was severely disrupted during 2021 due to COVID lockdowns and endemic black mound meaning many senior classes were not able to be held at school. As a result, students were becoming disconnected both from the school and each other.
YouthWorks ran both one on one and group sessions with students to lift anxiety and create a sense of community. Sessions included a focus on resilience building and restoring the sense of community. Sessions were hosted in a variety of creative ways including via social media and McDonald’s dates.
The following feedback captures YouthWorks impact:
“Thanks for today man and for everything you’ve done for me this year makes school for me way better when you’re there. There is a lot of things that wouldn’t of happened if it wasn’t for you and I would have found life and school so much harder. You’ve helped me see that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. One more thing I wouldn’t have had that boys group only because you I have it and I wouldn’t even hang out with them either. The list is a never-ending one I could write a book about it. I got so much time for you man thanks for everything man”. Year 12 Male Student to YouthWorks mentor
“I just wanted to email and say thank you for all the effort and care you have taken in being by………side the past 3 years. We have had many ups and downs and being the oldest child I never knew if I was doing the right thing so it was a massive relief to know you were checking in and he had a safe place to open up. He has never said anything negative and highly respects you which says a lot, he will miss you immensely -in fact whilst swearing black and blue he would never set foot back on the premises, he said he would make the exception for coming in to see you and catch up haha”. Year 13 Parent to YouthWorks mentor