Awhi and Manaaki: Supporting Rangatahi with Cultural Identity. (Porirua)

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Te Whakatipu Rangatahi            
To awhi and manaaki rangatahi by developing and enhancing protective factors that will make suicidal behaviour less likely and include such things as having a secure cultural identity, access to support and help, whānau and community support and connectedness, thus improving the ability of rangatahi to deal with life’s difficulties.  Initiatives will incorporate a tikanga and kaupapa Māori approach (i.e. elements of cultural pride, te reo Māori, identity and mātauranga) delivered in Māori community development settings. They also will promote strong youth development and leadership practice by putting rangatahi at the centre, involving them in key aspects of the initiative’s design, implementation and delivery. This initiative is targeted at rangatahi Māori (10-24 years) and the organisers recognise that rangatahi live within a whānau context.  A focus will be to build rangatahi Māori leadership; Youth development in the area of suicide prevention and rangatahi wellbeing: Strengthen relationships and networks within the community; Strengthen cultural identities; Increase skills and knowledge; Develop relevant and effective suicide prevention responses at a local level; Provide support to Māori communities, rangatahi takatāpui and rangatahi experiencing bullying.
*This Iwi Initiative was supported by the Māori Suicide Prevention Community Fund 2020-2021.
Organisation: Te Waka Whaiora Trust

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