Mahi for Youth
Mahi for Youth is a wrap-around support service for Hastings youth aged between 16 – 24 years who are looking for a pathway to education or employment.
Here are five tips on how Mahi for Youth build employability in young people
- Create opportunities and pathways that aren’t known to the rangatahi for exploration and expansion of existing knowledge
- Create CV’s & cover letters to enhance rangatahi employment opportunities
- Assist with licensing to support with transport options
- Give wrap around holistic pastoral care with Hinegaro & Whanau Connector’s
- Remove barriers to employment for example physical appearance support; new glasses, interview clothes, wellness packs, haircuts
Dewald Botha, 19 from Hastings tells us how he found his calling thanks to the Mahi For Youth Programme (MFYP)
– How did you hear about Mahi For Youth Programme (MFYP)?
I heard about the Mahi for Youth programme through word of mouth, more specifically my girlfriend’s Mum.
– Why did you decide to enrol with Mahi for Youth?
I decided to enrol with MFYP because from what I heard it sounded like green flags all the way. Also, I knew I wanted to do something, I just wasn’t sure where to start.
– What was the main thing you learnt?
One of the big things I learnt from joining MFYP is it’s okay if things take a little bit to get going. I got to go to an awesome two week forklift course where we used virtual reality to learn how to operate a forklift.
– How did MFYP help you find what direction you wanted to go in?
MFYP is the only reason I got my current job at Re-Source. The team there is really awesome and they all helped me to figure out a plan for myself to go to the Air Force and be an Engineering Officer.
– What were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
Earlier when I was doing the forklift course I was struggling to stop smoking marijuana. Because it stays in your system for so long it was an obstacle for a couple months due to excessive use. The job I have now doesn’t have a drug test as a requirement but with the constant support from Pip at MFYP especially helped to get off it and I can safely say that now I can pass a test.
– Why is it important to enrol with MFYP?
MFYP is important because it’s such a useful tool for anyone who can’t get the support they need to secure themselves a job or people who aren’t sure where to go. They do their best to provide the best opportunities for each specific person, they did all the connecting for me, all I had to do was show up and do my best to be pleasant. The amount of support is amazing.
– What advice or tips would you give to young people starting a similar journey to you?
The best advice I could give anyone in a similar boat to me is stop making excuses!