Council’s successful Mahi for Youth programme is going mobile, with a new caravan now ready to hit the road, taking the service to the community.
The programme, which operates from its bright, inviting pop-up shop in the city centre, is focused on the social wellbeing of the district’s young people (aged 16-24) not in employment, education or training (NEET).
Since it started in 2017, 253 rangatahi have been placed into sustainable employment and the NEET rate dropped from 17.4 to 14.7 per cent in 2020.
The caravan is the next step for this programme, allowing the team to reach and connect with young people across the Hastings district, including the smaller villages and rural communities.
The caravan, called Te Waka Eke Noa, was blessed last month. Look out for it in your community in coming months!
28 June 2021
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