S.T.A.R.T Taranaki

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We are a live in programme that works with male youth offenders. We aim to create better outcomes for their future. We believe in the you

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  Taranaki Family Support Youth Youth

START- a 20 week programme, youths spend 4 weeks in a bush setting, de-toxing, learning survival skills, learning to trust. Activities include canoeing, tramping, abseiling, water sports. Residence - Education, work ethic, life skills, household chores, work experience & counselling. Transition - Continued support ensuring, they have a safe living environment, ensuring court orders & bail conditions are met.

Assisted 145 Youths. Current statistics 2008 - 2010 62% gained next level in drivers licence, 90% increased level of education, 90% taken part in work experience, 55% gained paid employment, 61 % remained crime free. More importantly is the obvious self belief in the Young Person.

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Thank you!  13 June 2018

A big thank you to those who have made donations. Your supportive words uplifts and inspires our team with the challenges they face.

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  • Ruby

    Ruby on 03 Aug 2019


    Massively impressed and inspired by the work you guys are doing for the future of Aoteaora


  • nat

    nat on 24 Apr 2019


    Heard about this programme at a FGC, it sounds brilliant. All the best to all involved.


  • Frances

    Frances on 04 Jan 2019



  • Nanna

    Nanna on 27 Aug 2018


    Hi there, Saw a VICE doc about you. Lots of respect for the work you do. Your empathy and interaction with the kids are inspiring. From the other side of the planet big high fives! /Nanna, Copenhagen, Denmark


  • Richard

    Richard on 17 Aug 2018


    Saw the vice doco. I’m all about what you guys are doing. I hope you continue to receive support from the community (and government). Hopefully similar initiatives can be set up in other communities like the far north.


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