Small moments of hope change lives

What an Autumn it’s been for Youth In Transition! Here’s a round up of exciting events and people-transforming activities that have been taking place over the past few months. We continue to be overwhelmed by people wanting to help in various ways, and we are extremely grateful for YOUR ongoing generosity and support. Events like the many listed below have a big impact on our young people and community, but it is also important to recognise the small, sometimes seemingly inconsequential actions that can make a difference. You can read about one of these below too.
Youth in Transition boosted by Rotary

We enjoyed a fun quiz night in May, organised jointly by Rotary Orewa and Rotary Satellite Orewa-Millwater, which raised an amazing $2,200 for Youth in Transition.

Presidents of both Clubs, Sharon Maxwell and Tracey Johnson respectively, made the presentation to Tina Jones. Financial donations like this are critical to Youth in Transition, as we rely entirely on voluntary support as we receive nothing from Government, despite increased budget spending on mental health.

Photo (L – R): Sharon Maxwell, President Rotary Club of Orewa; Tracey Johnson, President Rotary Satellite Club of Orewa-Millwater; Tina Jones, Director of Youth in Transition.
We are excited to announce our new Op Shop, opening in Manly Village on Saturday 6th July!
If you have any good quality, washed clothing, shoes or accessories, we’d love to take them off your hands. Please drop off at the shop during opening hours.  
At this stage, we anticipate the shop being open the first Saturday of every month from 9am – 4.30pm.  If we get more volunteers to help man the shop, we can open the shop more regularly, so please contact Caitlin Watson on 021 236 0936 if you can help in this area. 
Thank you Millwater Ladies Group

The Millwater Ladies’ Group generously provides Youth in Transition with essentials such as tissues, tea bags, biscuits and toilet paper every month. Just recently, our co-founder and director Tina Jones talked to the group about what we have been doing in the Trust, sharing with them info about the new premises and the vision of where we are and we are heading. In response, the group blew us away with additional donations, including items to sell in our new op shop. This kindness makes a huge difference to the lives of everyone who is connected with the trust. Thank you for your continued support!
Moments of hope provide a breakthrough

 Most of us get frustrated when something unplanned happens – the washing machine breaks down, we miss the bus, or someone keeps changing plans – and we are able to overcome the frustration and disappointment relatively quickly and apply ourselves to finding a solution. Many of our young people at Youth in Transition, however, experience life differently and do not have the same levels of resilience. An event like this can throw them into a highly anxious state. But with the support of the Youth in Transition team and the wider community, they can experience moments of hope – moments which are of huge significance to them.

Take the case of Jenny, who relies on her car not just to get around, but as a place of security and safety and the place she keeps her everything she owns. When it broke down, she called the team in tears. She didn’t know what to do and felt pushed to her limit. The AA was called to help, and they provided far more than a car assessment and a tow to the garage. The service engineer’s reading of the situation, compassion and kindness helped Jenny see the good in people, helped her to see there was a solution and there were people that cared about her. These moments of hope have a huge positive impact on our young people. It’s a reminder to all of us that situations are often not as they first appear – the service engineer had no idea about Jenny’s background and fragility – but he had the opportunity to unknowingly help someone with a kind word, deed and just a simple smile. In this case, he saved someone’s life that day. 
Studio 38: Empowered Connections with Cath Vincent

Empowered Connections For Action was an incredible evening! Cath Vincent and her energetic team at Studio 38 in Auckland generously hosted an evening of fellow business owners and leaders from the community, bringing them all together specifically to support Youth in Transition. With a range of different speakers there was a tremendous focus on giving,community care and responsibility shared during the evening.    In addition to some generous fund raising, we made a number of new and meaningful connections offering support in the form of expertise, skills, and mentoring for our young people. Thank you to Cath and her generous team, we are extremely grateful to you for taking the initiative to run this event. ‘Empowered connections’ means we can help even more young people.