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Increased support for youth impacted by COVID-19

April 09, 2021 at 3:41 PM


Around 4,000 young New Zealanders negatively impacted by COVID-19 will get support to stay engaged or re-engage in their education journey, Minister for Youth Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today.

The Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund – Strengthening Ākonga Resilience to Achieve Better Outcomes was set up in November last year as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, to support rangatahi during the COVID recovery.

“Rangatahi have been faced with many difficulties as a result of the pandemic. This has been particularly evident in young people’s education, where alert level changes and associated school closures have presented learning challenges for ākonga and their whānau,” Minister Radhakrishnan said.

The results of an open tender will see 23 organisations across Aotearoa New Zealand receive over $7.4m to deliver community-based youth development programmes to over 4,000 young people around the country (see link below for full details and locations of initiatives).

They will be delivered outside of traditional education settings such as schools and kura and support ākonga/learners aged 12 to 21 years with wraparound services, from comprehensive mentoring and career navigation, to mental health and wellbeing assistance.

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Category: Government