Youth Workers in Secondary Schools

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October 12, 2015
Youth Workers in Secondary Schools

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.”