Papamoa College: Wednesday 26th July – Wednesday 22nd November

Mount Maunganui Intermediate: Thursday 27th July – Thursday 28th September

As our young people find themselves in an ever changing world and saturated by online media messages from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter; Technology is at the forefront of how information is presented and received. Media pressures teach our young men and women how to look and present themselves, how to behave, what to eat, what not to eat, how much and how little, what to drink, what to talk about and how to talk about it.

Wahine Toa is a programme which was developed to support our young ladies in a time in their lives when they are unsure where to go for help. The programmes’ aims are to work with young women and to help educate them around Self Image, Social Media Behaviour, Mental Health related issues, Drug and/or Alcohol effects, Self-Defence, and Basic First Aid.

Te Aranui Youth Trust and Blue Light Tauranga worked with two schools in 2017: Papamoa College, and Mount Maunganui Intermediate. With these two programmes we were able to work and mentor 18 young girls aged from 10 years old – 15 years old. The time we spent with these young ladies over this time enabled us as staff to build positive relationships with them, but also provided an opportunity for these girls to build positive and lasting relationships with key people in their schools. This allows these students to seek out support from those staff members if ever they need it.

Working in a collaborative environment, we were able to work with local agencies who specialise in a specific field, to cover a topic of delivery in the programme. A huge thank you to:  SORTED, Netsafe, Ali McPike Self-Defence Coach, NZ Red Cross, Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Services (BOPSAS), Family Planning, NZ Police, Sport Bay of Plenty, Jade Campion Cosmetic and Personal Hygienist. Without your invaluable contributions to this programme, this programme would not be able to deliver these important messages needed to help them grow into Wahine Toa.

Good Neighbour Trust – your contribution to our programmes never goes unnoticed. Again thank you for supporting our Blue Light Wahine Toa Programmes.

A big thank you to our ongoing sponsors of this programme Brookfield New World. Your continued support is greatly appreciated and our young ladies love their goodie bags which you make possible!!

For more information on how to have this programme delivered in your school, please contact mentor@tayt.org.nz