Life changing tools for marginalised youth
We dream of a world where every young person has the skills they need to manage stress and transform their own lives.Auckland
Kia ora! My name is Kristina Cavit and I am the founder of The Kindness Institute, a charitable trust that supports marginalised youth to transform their own lives through Mindfulness, yoga and stress management tools. Our program for marginalised youth is called ATAWHAI (Maori for kindness). Through it, rangatahi learn to deal with challenging emotions, conflicts, forgiveness, honest communication, empathy, focus, motivation, positive decision making and positive relationship skills. We show kids how to get peace & love on the inside. If there’s no peace or love on the outside, what’s going on inside is something that no one can take away from them.
100% of the rangatahi (youth) in last year’s program reported a reduction in stress and an increase in focus, calmness, connection and trust. We think these results can't be ignored, given our country’s teen suicide rate and the fact that many of our young people have little access to mental health support.
We are running ATAWHAI throughout the year but we need help to fund it. Our rangatahi are marginalised youth with low self-efficacy but lots of potential. Rangatahi are recruited from community partners, low decile schools and corrections programs.
We’ve accomplished a lot in the last year with a small but perfectly formed crew of volunteers. Funds raised will be used to cover costs for transport, food for the youth, venue, educational resources and koha for kaimahi & the youth mentors that help us run ATAWHAI. 100% of funds donated will go to this program.
The Kindness Institute Charitable Trust's involvement (page creator)
I am the Director of The Kindness Institute
The Kindness Institute was established in direct response to Aotearoa’s youth mental health crisis and empowers marginalised rangatahi to transform their mental health and wellbeing, and that of those around them.
Use of funds
Funds raised this year will be used to cover costs for transport, food for the youth, venue, educational resources and koha for the youth mentors that help us run ATAWHAI.
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Kia ora everyone!
Our vision for the future is as strong as ever, especially in these tumultuous times - "that every young person in Aotearoa has the skills to navigate life’s challenges, improve their wellbeing and live a meaningful life."
We now ask for your help so in 2020 we can continue our kaupapa which is showing continued success in terms of efficacy and impact to our rangatahi and wider communities, with external research finding incredible initial results* from our 2019 program:
University of Waikato have conducted a research project on ATAWHAI. Initial results indicate a significant increase in positive emotions with a very large effect size and significant decrease in anxiety levels during the intensive program and over the duration of the evaluation period from March to December 2019. Based on the evaluation findings, The University of Waikato Research Team is happy in endorsing The Kindness Institute’s Atawhai programme. “We are convinced it has a profound and significant positive effect on the wellbeing of the young people it serves.” *Full report still pending, initial results only.
Any amount helps us run the daily operations, staff costs and day-to-day expenses needed to continue this important mahi. Thank you for your kindness, which allows us to pass it on.
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This page was created on 22 Sep 2017 and closes on 28 Mar 2021.