Youth Workers in Secondary Schools

Youth workers in Secondary Schools (YWISS) is a preventative service that provides mentors to support young people who are at risk of disengaging from learning in the school environment.

About YWiSS

Trained mentors work with students for a minimum of two years utilising the Check & Connect programme which aims to re-engage students with their school and learning by improving their confidence, school attendance, achievement and overall wellbeing.

Mentors also work with the school pastoral care teams to build good relationships between the school, the young person’s home and community.

The service is available to year 9 and 10 students who are starting to disengage or are at risk of disengaging from school and/or learning.

YWISS supports the following Secondary Schools:

  • Alfriston College
  • Manurewa High School
  • James Cook High School
  • Papatoetoe High School
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate
  • Tamaki College
  • Kelston Girls High school

More Information

To learn more about YWiSS or to make a referral please contact the Check and Connect co-ordinator at your participating secondary school.

Nominations and referrals to the YWISS programme require the consent of the student and their Family/Whanau.