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The Village Mentoring Programme

There are many groups in the community who are over represented in the statistics of the unemployed, and those whose indications are that they are at high risk of becoming long term unemployed. Funded by Ministry of Social Development (MSD), this Programme recognises the critical role of “key influences” within the social and relational context of most Pasifika and Maori youth and seeks to provide sufficient positive influence at these critical connections and relationship levels that empowers and equips our youth.

It is a community developed and implemented approach to resiliency development in Pasifika and Maori youth. The goal of The Village Mentoring Programme is to successfully transition 250 disadvantaged students within the nine secondary schools The Village is contracted to, through MSD. Eligible students are identified as most at risk or in risk of leaving school with no destination, and are mentored through one-on-one relationship and monitoring, to pathway into tertiary training and education or sustainable employment, employment related training, pre-apprenticeships or apprenticeships.

The participating schools will select the student at risk or in risk of leaving school with no known destination. The Village Community Services Trust currently employs six mentors to work with the students and their families, on a one-to-one basis to identify a training pathway and career destination for them, and to work with training organisations, Industry bodies and careers personnel and employers to achieve positive outcomes. This includes assisting in identifying and addressing any barriers to their progress forward in their identified plans. The mentoring Programme works with students from years 11 through to year 13 at the following schools: Massey High School, Rutherford College, Kelston Boys High, Kelston Girls College, Avondale College, Mt Albert Grammar, St Paul's College, Onehunga High School and Marist College.

 If you would like more information regarding the mentoring programme, please contact Danny Liuliu-Afoa.

Danny Liuliu-Afoa
Mentor Manager

m 021 845 535
p 09 828 6520
e Email Danny
a 26 Racecourse Parade, Avondale, Auckland
a P O Box 15 400, New Lynn, Auckland 0640


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