Youth Workers in Secondary Schools (YWiSS)

YWiSS is a low decile secondary school-based youth worker service for young people to improve their school attendance, engagement, achievement and wellbeing.

The transition to secondary school is often a challenging time for young people or rangatahi, particularly the move up to year nine. 

As part of the Prime Minister's youth mental health project, youth workers trained in mental health issues now work in selected low decile secondary schools.

The youth workers mentor young people or rangatahi who are at risk of, or are actively disengaging from school. The aim is to improve their school attendance, engagement, achievement and wellbeing, with an emphasis on mental health.

The service is available to students and their families or whānau, at no cost to them. The youth workers are contracted by NGO providers, and funded by us.

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For more information, or to request additional resources please contact your Partnering for Outcomes regional advisor.

Published: March 13, 2017 · Updated: March 15, 2022