Ākonga Pathway Programme
frequently asked questions
Ākonga Pathway Programme
Waikato, Wellington & wairarapa
This programme is run partnership with the Ministry of Youth Development.
WHAT DO YOUNG PEOPLE DO AS PART OF THIS SERVICE?
Our Young people work together with our Youth Coaches to:
- Identify their goals and where they want to be.
- Figure out what could hold them back at school, training or work based learning.
- Create their own pathway plan (an action plan that will help them reach their goals).
- Learn and develop key life skills.
- Develop their self-leadership skills through interactive, practical and engaging activities.
- Achieve education, training, work based learning or employment.
- Develop their CV and interview skills.
- Have assistance with any personal situations that may arise.
- Review their progress and be supported to stay on track.
HOW AND WHERE IS THE SERVICE DELIVERED?
Our service is delivered for our young people as regular one on one mentor sessions with our Youth Coaches. Young people will also get to take part in peer group training sessions and activities for support and motivation. Mentor sessions can take place at a young persons’ school, home, or any suitable community location that is agreed upon between our Youth Coach and the young person. We also have our own training centres available in the Hamilton and Wellington regions.
Young people can work with their Youth Coach as often as they need to for support and mentoring. Initially this might be weekly, then fortnightly and monthly to review their plans and progress towards their goals.
IS THERE A COST FOR THIS SERVICE?
This is a FREE service. There is no cost associated for ākonga / students or for referring organisations.
HOW LONG DO YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE THIS SUPPORT FOR?
Our Ākonga Pathway Programme is an optional service and runs for the length of a school term (10-11 weeks) providing support and guidance for 16 to 21 year olds.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY STUDENTS OR RANGATAHI ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS SERVICE?
To be eligible for our Ākonga Pathway Programme a young person must be a 16-21 year old ākonga / student in the Waikato, Wellington or Wairarapa region, who has had their education negatively impacted by COVID-19 and who are at risk of disengaging from their education, or who have disengaged from their education and have no pathway into further training or employment. Ākonga must not be receiving a similar service already funded by another agency.
HOW DO I MAKE A REFERRAL TO YOU?
Our Youth Coaches are available to meet and talk with you further about our service and your young people who may benefit from being referred to us. Once you have discussed the service with your young person and their parents/caregivers to confirm their interest and consent, you can complete the referral form (attached) and send this to us at email@example.com
Once referral is received, one of our Youth Coaches will make contact with the young person within 48 hours to arrange an introduction meeting about the programme and to confirm their eligibility, enrolment, consent to participate and a start date for the service.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?
If you are interested in finding out more about how we can work together to support your young people, please send us a message via our web form or get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 FUTURE (388 873).