children under 5 years in the Bay of Plenty Region.
youth aged 12 to 24 years in the Bay of Plenty Region.
Bay Brighter Futures is a funding collaboration that aims to support collaborative community initiatives that are going to make the biggest positive difference to babies, toddlers and youth. To do this we want to achieve positive change in two target areas.
21,588 children under 5 years and 36,738 youth aged 12 to 24 years live in the Bay of Plenty. These young people are the future of our families, communities and our region.
Bay brighter future's goal is that all children within the first 1000 days of their life (0-3 years) are raised in safe families, connected to their communities, with parents who are aware of the importance of that period of time and its value in the baby’s development.
Bay Brighter Futures is committed to improving the education, training and employment opportunities for young people within the Bay of Plenty region. There is increased interest worldwide in improving outcomes for youth who are disconnected from systems designed to educate and prepare them for their future.
Using the sea and surfing as a tool for change.
This programme provides counselling, access to drug and alcohol support, tikanga, cultural education and mentoring utilising the skills of surfing as a vehicle for change. Young people involved are at high risk and often have a history of involvement with Youth Justice. Krista and the team offer comprehensive support to change a participant’s circumstances, move through to vocational training and onto employment whilst supported by the team at Live for More.
being a great parent comes from love, confidence, understanding and respect.
Making sure Dads have a great relationship with their children regardless of age is a top priority. This programme is offered in Rotorua through Tipu Ora. The focus is on building positive relationships between young parents so that they can welcome and love their new baby regardless of their relationship status. Support and mentoring includes training on maternal health, positive communication techniques, conflict resolution, caring and understanding the needs of a new baby, positive parenting, family relationships, CV writing and employment support.
Developing a healthy network between Midwives, mums and sports and healthy activity programmes.
The best way to make healthy babies is to support the health and wellbeing of their mothers. Mums in Motion, run by Sport Bay of Plenty, supports the growth of quality relevant physical activity options in the community to provide a meaningful and sustainable experience for pregnant and postnatal women. This will be done by strengthening community links with new and existing physical activity options through the Bay of Plenty. A key part of the project is to develop referral networks with midwives and maternal health professionals and the exercise classes and providers through the relationship created by Sport Bay of Plenty.
Support to gain the qualifications, skills and confidence needed to begin a great future for young mums and their babies.
Keeping connected with your school and peer group is challenging when teenage mums take a break to have their babies. This programme is all about keeping the support mechanisms open so that returning to a learning environment can be achievable, even with a new baby. When young women achieve NZQA level 2 qualifications and above, their career options are so much greater. So too is their knowledge and confidence to make positive choices for themselves and their families over the next 10 years. This project has developed learning and development tools to keep new mums connected, confident about loving and caring for their new baby and prepared to take the next step forward.
The Rotorua Youth Centre’s YouthHub project aims to connect youth with education, training and employment thanks to a dedicated team of youth navigators and partnership brokers and the help of an innovative IT platform tailor made for youth.
Youth, services and employers can engage in an online network that levels the playing field by providing a space for youth to showcase their attitude, strengths, abilities and relevant experiences in a way that a traditional CV are not able to. It also provides a place for employers to recruit, talent scout, connect and inspire their future workforce.
After 2 years of development, Bay Brighter Futures have given the Rotorua Youth Centre the opportunity to turbo boosted this project in to the engagement phase