Kia Mahi Tahi is a multi-faceted programme that is designed to meet the needs of children in need of mentors. Kia Mahi Tahi is based on the concept of ‘working as one’. Many young people today do not have the privilege of someone having the time, energy or inclination to ‘walk beside’ them , working together, sharing their load, listening and giving perspective.
Working as one, either one on one or with small groups helps young people know that we don’t walk alone. Sometimes we need other people to walk with us and sometimes others need us to walk with them. Working as one can give us the strength to stand on our own.
Kia Mahi Tahi is a service to the community of Mt Wellington and the surrounding suburbs. A large part of the work of Kia Mahi Tahi is in local schools and as funding and staffing allow we would like to be able to meet the requests of the other schools in the area to provide community workers to them.
Our vision is to expand the project to have two community youth workers in each of the local schools as well as specialists working with extreme at risk youth and alongside Youth Justice and the Police.