Budget Briefings with Finance Minister the Hon Bill English

This week 2 Challenge 2000 Youth Workers, Junior Seumanufagai and Te Po Hohua-Johnstone attended a breakfast presentation hosted by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services to discuss the Budget.

Junior said “it was a very informative presentation that helped me to understand what factors impact on the young people I work with.  It was really good to see the big picture.  Bill’s comment made me really want to understand more how programmes are funded in the community and how Government tries to sort problems like housing and poverty today!”


Mana Athletics Day

Mana College held it’s annual athletics day at the Titahi Bay Athletics Club in Kura Park.  Four members of our “Youth Workers in Secondary Schools” (YWiSS) team helped with the running of the day by supporting staff with events such as high jump, long jump, time keeping or being a year group marshal.  Website 1 Website 3

All in all, it was a great day with some healthy competition and in-house rivalry, which featured a staff relay that included some of our team.  Fair to say there were some seriously competitive teachers on the track!!!

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WISE UP Conference

Four members of our staff who are working in Wellington Colleges were able to attend the WISE UP conference in Auckland during the last school holidays.  WISE UP, which is an acronym for “Workers ISchools Educate and Unlock Potential”, was a two day event that facilitated seminars and workshops from various professionals around New Zealand, including the Minister of Social Development,  Hon. Anne Tolley and other key note speakers.  The conference, which was attended by many Social Workers and Youth Workers in schools, was also a great opportunity to network with other organisations and share ideas about ways we can “educate and unlock potential” with our rangatahi in Wellington.