+ Breakfast Club
Each day we run a breakfast club at Linwood College during interval, with up to 80 students coming for a simple breakfast of weetabix, toast and fruit!
We strive to create a relaxed and safe environment where inclusivity and connection are fundamental. While the College is part of the ‘Kickstart National Breakfast Club’ in schools, SLYT will often supplement the breakfasts on offer. Twice a term we have a special themed breakfast, such as pancakes, hot cross buns, or bacon and eggs. We often add extras such as baked beans/spaghetti, sausages, milo, and various other spreads and fruit.
This is a wonderful opportunity that we have to sit and eat with students and connect as we share together.
Mentoring one-to-one both in school and out of school is fundamental to what we do as Youth Development workers. Young people who are in need of extra studying are recommended to us through the guidance department. We get to hang out one-to-one with these young people and really get to know them, walk a journey with each of them. This can look very different for each young person, sometimes it is just hanging in the music room, sometimes its going for a walk, other times it is having a hot chocolate and a chat. Each time it is about connecting with that young person, valuing the individual and the journey that they are on. Investing in relationship with each of the young people that we serve.
+ Group Work
Small groups run on a weekly basis throughout the year, working with groups of boys and girls to explore mana enhancing, life skills, and relationships. These groups are great for young people to connect with their peers while learning basic interpersonal skills and goal setting.
Linwood Park Activities
LPA was set up three years ago jointly with SLYT and the CCC as Linwood Park was identified by the community as an unsafe place to be. The young people in the community wanted to have a place where they could have fun and feel safe. Each week sees our Youth Development Workers hanging out with between 40-50 young people. We now have the support of Sport Canterbury and run a twice weekly program on Mondays and Fridays after school, 3:30-5pm where young people can come and hang out and eat some Kai. Our primary focus is again relationship but this coexists with getting out young people participating in some sort of physical activity, be a it some 3 on 3 basketball, touch rugby or a good old game of ball tag on the playground. This is a free program and is open to any young person from the age of 10 in the community.
Kimiha Teeen Parent College
Kimihia is one of a few special schools that have been set up by The MOE to enable young women from the ages of 13-19 who are either pregnant of have had a child to attend and gain their NCEA credits in more relaxed and supportive environment. Each week two of the SLYT youth workers go in and teach waiata, last year the young women collaborated to write a school song that they then preformed at the end of year prizegving. Our focus is on participation and exploring different cultures, they have learnt a samoan song and a poi dance so far this year.
We also have the opportunity to meet some of their more practical needs often stepping into the gap with food parcels, nappies and other items that are needed to make their lives somewhat easier as they navigate parenting and tear down the barriers that a often placed before them.