Youth Workers in Secondary Schools (YWISS)

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.

Trained mentors work with students for a minimum of two years utilizing 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 schools pastoral care teams to build good relationships between 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 and is currently available in the following seven Auckland secondary schools; Alfriston College, Manurewa High school, James Cook High school, Papatoetoe High school, Mangere College, Tamaki College, Kelston Girls High school

Nominations & Referrals

Nominations to the YWISS service can only be made by the Check and Connect co-ordinator for the above schools and require the consent of the student and their Family/Whanau.


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