The Taranaki Young Peoples Trust runs an alternative education programme. This programme offers students between the age of 13 and 16, the opportunity to engage in education, not only in the core areas like Mathematics and English but also practical skills including cooking on a budget and sustainable living practices. The programme is based on the premise that all students can achieve when they are given the right guidance, support, resources and opportunities. The Young Peoples Trust can give these structures and support to students that struggle to receive these from the mainstream schooling system.
The alternative education programme offers fundamental core learning like literacy, numeracy and preparation for the workforce. We also offer personalised workshops including health issues, stress management, grief issues, cooking, budgeting, effective communication, drug and alcohol issues, and violence prevention. We understand that the students may not have had the same opportunities as other students in the schooling system, therefore the Young Peoples Trust endeavour to offer experiences which are helpful and enhance their social, mental and intellectual abilities. We at the Young Peoples Trust foster the development of skills that are useful for the students’ future and enhance the skills the students already possess.