we can support you to stay in school, or get back into education if you've left
your education matters
No matter what you want to do or who you want to be, getting the right education now will build your confidence, give you important skills and make you stand out when you apply for a job.
If you’ve left school or you’re thinking about leaving, a youth coach can help you find your way forward.
who we can help
You might be invited to take part if:
- you’re 16 or 17, and you’re not in school, training or work
- you’re 16 or 17, and you’re in school or training, but you’re at risk of dropping out, or
- you’re 15, and you’ve left school with a Ministry of Education leaving exemption.
If this sounds like you, you can get in touch with your local youth service provider to find out how they may be able to help.
planning your future
Your youth coach will help you find your path to the life you want.
You’ll talk to them about where you want to be and decide what training you need to get there.
They can help you get on the best course for you or tell you about ways you can get training while you work. They can also help with things that make it easier for you to focus on studying, like getting a driver’s licence.
Whatever’s going on in your life, your youth coach will be on your side. If you need to talk, your coach will listen. If your goals change, your coach can help you come up with a new plan. If something is holding you back, your coach can help you figure it out.
You can be in touch with your coach as much as you need to, but you’ll speak to them at least once a month, and meet at least every 90 days.
connecting you to other services
Your youth coach will tell you about any money you could get towards your studies, like a student allowance, a scholarship, or fees free study.
If you’re dealing with an issue like a mental health problem, an addiction or a family crisis, your coach can put you in touch with a service that can help.
The Ministry of Social Development has a formal agreement with the Ministry of Education and Oranga Tamariki to share information about young persons that are at risk of not being in employment, education or training.
A young person may complain to the Privacy Commissioner if personal information relating to them is disclosed in breach of the Privacy Act or authorisations provided for in the Social Security Act 2018.