Walking alongside teenagers at school

Is your teenager struggling to keep up at school? Finding it hard to stay focused? Starting out at high school can create a lot of pressure for young people as they enter a new stage of their life.

We are here to help Year 9 and 10 students re-engage with school life. Youth workers use the Check & Connect programme to mentor students for a minimum of two years. We provide this service in partnership with the Anglican Trust for Women and Children.

Our trained mentors help students:

  • develop a positive attitude to learning
  • increase their problem-solving abilities
  • improve attendance
  • set goals to raise their academic performance.

Youth workers/ mentors are available in:

  • Manurewa High School
  • James Cook High School
  • Papatoetoe High School
  • Mangere College
  • Tamaki College
  • Kelston Girls High School
  • Alfriston College

Where to start

  • Find out more from your school or one of the our Family Works sites (please note we only have mentors in some Auckland areas).
  • The school nominates students for the programme.
  • Students accepted into the programme are matched with a youth worker/ mentor.
  • The mentor works with the student, school staff, the family/whānau and other services to provide comprehensive support.


“Through my mentor I’ve been able to discover what I need at school to get into game design.”