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. The Bump Club is promoted through Sport Bay of Plenty. It develops referral networks between midwives, and exercise programmes to create social engagement and great exercise choices for pregnant women. Promoting involvement in healthy activities and supporting each other to eat well and put the needs of their growing babies first. These networks will be developed to cover both the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty. (we can find a general photo for this programme as its just begun)
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.