Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service
Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring brings diverse life and professional experience, cultural understanding and professional skills to work in West Auckland, addressing the employment education and training gaps for Māori and Pacific youth.
The BridgeBACK Programme supported Pacific and Māori youth, particularly those are excluded or disengaged from education or at risk of becoming disengaged, engaging them in life skills, literacy and numeracy, health and physical wellbeing and community connection to develop their skills and potential.
The BridgeBACK Programme included:
1) BridgeBACK academic mentoring, aiming for up to 50 young Pacific and Māori in 2015,
2) BridgeBACK for excluded youth, aiming for 30 Pacific youth, students, curriculum and life skills in classes taught by experienced Māori and Pacific teachers in 2015,
3) BridgeBACK for up to 30 teen fathers, and
4) BridgeBACK for up 30 youth on probation and home detention.
The journey with young people embraces the values of family, culture, spirituality, religion, customs, beliefs, and identity, providing young people with a holistic model which references both fa’asamoa and Māoritanga, catering to their needs, building rapport and ensuring that parents, family and whānau are heavily involved.
Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service expect to grow its organisational capacity, contract more mentors and tutors, develop sustainable future funding and keep the service free for users.