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Targeted support for young people in Canterbury – Matt Doocey

Funding of $10.69 million will be allocated to 34 community-based youth sector providers around the country to deliver prevention and early intervention programmes that are tailored to young people’s needs, including $480,000 for Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi Incorporated in Canterbury, Youth Minister Matt Doocey says.

“The last Government had money stuck in Wellington, this targeted support package takes the money out of the Beehive and gets the funding to the grass roots. Organisations are doing great work – we just need to make sure they’re financially supported,” Mr Doocey says.

“This set of funding will support at-risk learners, enable at least 1000 vulnerable young people to receive early mental health support and upskill youth to provide this targeted group with greater opportunities”.

“We know that young people have experienced higher levels of anxiety and stress, particularly over the past few years. This funding will support young people to meet and manage these challenges,” Mr Doocey says.

“I’m pleased to see Canterbury will benefit from this announcement. Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi Incorporated has been granted funding for the Poutama programme. This programme consists of two youth development programmes: Whakatū Rangatahi (Stand Up) a 16-week programme for young people aged 13-16 to support them to become engaged and connected learners; and Whakawhitu Rangatahi (Transitions), a 10-week programme for young people aged 12 to support their transition to high school.” Ilam MP Dr Hamish Campbell says.

“The programmes utilise Tohatoha, an indigenous youth development approach that focuses on connections, relationships, learning critical skills around self, increasing confidence, identity, and to support young people to aspire to their potential. The programmes involve a mixture of activities, 1:1 and/or group mentoring, whānau support, goal setting, and health and wellbeing support.”


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