Foundation for Youth Development runs three programmes that cater for Kiwi children and youth.
Kiwi Can is a life skills and values programme for 5-12 year olds, delivered in primary and intermediate schools. It's a whole school programme with all children attending a Kiwi Can lesson once a week, every week of the school year. The programme promotes a can-do attitude and encourages children to take responsibility for their actions.
Stars is a programme for Year 9 students to make a successful transition into secondary school. Teachers lead the students and senior students (Year 12 and 13) are trained to be peer mentors. The programme develops self-confidence, leadership and life skills and creates a sense of community by bringing younger and older students together.
Project K is for selected Year 10 students' with untapped potential. Through a 14 month programme consisting of a Wilderness Adventure, Community Challenge and Mentoring the programme builds self-confidence, promotes health and education skills and supports students to set and achieve goals. Trained community mentors work with the students throughout the 14 months.
The MYND programme caters for young people aged between 14 and 17 years who have come to Police and CYFs notice through offending and anti-social behaviour. The team currently works with over 100 young offenders every year.
MYND is an ‘outreach’ service with an emphasis on community. The programme involves intensive social work interventions and professional mentoring with the young people in their community, along with mentoring camps away from home. The camps are delivered in an outdoor environment free from distractions and negative influences and include pro-social activities, teambuilding and personal development initiatives.
Our credibility and ability to develop and expand Kiwi Can, Stars and Project K depends on proven performance.
Qualified staff at National Support Office are dedicated to evaluation and a database has been developed to help measure programme outcomes. To ensure that our evaluation design and practices remain credible and also to provide opportunities for external evaluation projects, we have developed an association with the University of Auckland and Massey University. We are also open to proposals for independent research projects from Masters and PhD students or other research agencies.