Inspiring Stories of 2019

With the year coming to a close, we're taking time to reflect on our impact as a team. Every single day we encounter incredible people and see growth and positive change in the Hibiscus Coast community.

Here are just a few of the inspiring stories from our team in 2019

Olivia (Youth Service)

When I first meet with 'Sally' at Whangaparaoa College, she really wasn’t enjoying school. There was “too much drama” and she didn’t want to be part of it anymore.

'Sally' started hanging out with the wrong crowd, and forgot about school or work.

But after helping 'Sally' with her CV, practising interview strategies, and lots of one-on-one time, she... - found a job - stopped taking hard drugs - has a stable boyfriend - studies at Te Kura to complete NCEA L2

'Sally' shared this with Olivia:

“Since I’ve been connected to CYC trust, I’ve been feeling wanted. I feel like they actually care and want to help, not just because it’s their job, but because they genuinely want to. They’re great people, with great hearts that want to make kids into great kids.”

Sam (24-7 Youth Worker)

This year I’ve had the privilege of going to The Rugby First XV games to not only yell from the sideline, but to also pray before games. I’ll never forget the moment these boys won the final, and I’ll forever remember the way these lads have each other’s backs.

After a year of journeying with these boys, we came out on top!

Isaac (Youth Service)

I've been working with a boy since he was 16 years old. We started meeting after he was expelled from school. He was totally disengaged with learning.

We connected really well, and after a few catch ups, I helped him enrol into Te Kura to finish his NCEA Level 2, plus gain his learners driver's license. By the end of 2018, he had diligently passed NCEA Level 2, and this year he re-enrolled at another school to complete NCEA Level 3. His behaviour has improved dramatically!

I'm still meeting with him to this day, and every time I see him he's so much more bright and cheerful. He'll finish NCEA Level 3 at the end of the year!

Libby (24-7 Youth Worker)

Peer Smart is a 5 week course for intermediates, run at Whangaparaoa College by the junior youth workers at CYC Trust.

Peer Smart is about learning how to cope with everyday life. As a group we learn how to bounce back from difficult situations or from things that might hurt us.We also learn how important it is to talk to someone and not bottle things up. Through this we learn how we can be good friends and be more understanding of others.

As a youth worker, it was important for me to create a safe place where these year 7 girls could have the opportunity to share things that maybe they haven’t felt comfortable enough to share before. Every time I’ve run this program, the group dynamics are different. I adapt how the activities are run and how we talk about certain topics to meet the needs of each group. This year, the six girls that completed the program already knew each other, but I believe the program helped them grow closer and understand each other more. It's was also important that they had space to grow as individuals and learn more about themselves as well.

My prayer is that each one of these girls had a really positive experience with Peer Smart and left feeling like they could handle those inevitable tough situations better. They grow, I grow as well, everyone wins!

Kylah Meafau (Tutor)

At the beginning of the year, it is always a challenge to establish synergy in the classroom and to encourage good inter student relationships. What happens in the first few weeks sets the tone for the rest of the year, so it is important that we do our best to get this right.

As it was summer, when course began it is ideal for us to get out into the sunshine and nature to expose our twelve students to new experiences such as horse riding and paddle boarding with the underlying objective of building team spirit. The exposure to things not ever tried before is so powerful as it helped our students build confidence in themselves, overcome their fears and revealed to them how resilient they actually are without knowing it.

One student agreed to come along, but was adamant that he was not getting on a horse.  When he saw his peers riding and when they encouraged him to try, he decided to give it a go and within a short time his fear of being on a 'big horse' had disappeared and he really enjoyed the ride.

In his mind he didn't believe he could do it, but to his delight he could.  We all have areas of fear, sometimes we just need to try doing it, even doing it whilst feeling afraid! The results are well worthwhile, and if we fail? It's not the end of the world..... we try again.

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