The following are the team members of the Whakatāne team;
If you asked me 24 months ago if I wanted to be a Youth Mentor, I would have said, "I don't know anything about working with Youth". That's exactly what I said when I was approached to come on board in a fixed term role with WACT. Little did I know that this opportunity would open up so many doors for my whānau and I. In the first 3 months, I progressed from a Youth Services Coordinator into a Case Manager role where I could learn from the best of the best in the financial service. My mentor Toni helped me to understand the different obligations attached to applying for financial assistance. I was then asked to take on a Kaiarahi role with the Awhi team to support 16 and 17 year olds who were finding it challenging to enrol and stay in school.
It felt like I had found my feet with the awhi team. I was liaising with deputy principals, schools guidance councilors, tutors, teachers and some amazing young people. I found myself in situations that really challenged the way I thought and reacted. My world that I thought I knew had just been revived into something that I could never have imagined. But here I am, a further 3 months down the track and I have achieved another great milestone in my newly found career. I am now a Case Manager Youth Mentor. I get to work with both our financial and voluntary young people in our service.
I have never been one to put myself in the limelight, however my role drives me to step outside of my comfort zones everyday.
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