We are thrilled to share the news that our Director and Co-Founder, Tina Jones, is a recipient of the 2020 National Lifekeepers Awards for outstanding suicide prevention work in the community. The LifeKeepers Awards are designed to recognise the often heroic but unacknowledged commitment of individuals like Tina, who persevere with efforts and work which make a vital contribution to suicide prevention.
Tina has focussed her work in the suicide prevention space on supporting young people, and co-founded Youth In Transition in 2016, with a mission to reduce youth suicide and provide our young people with the resources to help them get back into a life worth living. Tina and the team at Youth In Transition have supported hundreds of young people over the years, alongside their families, caregivers and friends.
Andrew Hoggard, Chair of the Youth In Transition Board of Trustees adds: “Tina, your work has far reach and creates such positive change for the future. The legacy you are creating is paving the way for future generations, delivering hope in times of uncertainty. Thank you for all that you do.”
Huge congratulations Tina from all of the Youth In Transition Team!
Check out the Video here
Increasing Demand for our Services
Our services continue to be in great demand. The current Covid 19 situation is having a dramatic and negative effect on our young people, with more young people than ever reaching out for help. We currently have 222 young people in our program, with a further 58 who have reached out for help and we have had to turn away due to lack of resources. This is extremely heart breaking for us, and we are actively trying to grow our counselling resources to meet these escalating needs of young people in our community.
We ask you to consider if you can help us in any way. If you or your family is able to contribute financially, or if you are comfortable sharing this letter with extended family, friends, or colleagues, we would love you to ask for their support, ideas and input. Who knows what will pop out of the blue. There may be people out there wanting to help – we just haven’t met them yet!
We are putting this out there, our plea for help, for funding that will help us achieve our goal – the resources that are so urgently needed to fund an additional specialist counsellor to help our young people. As a charity, we are able to provide receipts for all donations, for tax-deductibility.
We would also welcome offers of skills or expertise you have that would assist us: either as an individual (perhaps as a mentor, sports or craft enthusiast…), or as a professional (for example: personal trainer, life-skills coach, artist….). We need help, and you may be just the one to help us find some solutions.
Mentoring Programme Launching
We are very excited to let you know that we are getting ready to launch our new youth mentoring programme – Coast Mentoring! We know there are a number of young Coasties out there who could do with a mentor to support them on their journey. That’s why CYC Trust and Youth In Transition have teamed up to introduce this programme to our community. In partnership with Upside Youth Mentoring, we believe that our young Coasties can step into a brighter future through building a caring and trusting relationship with one of our incredible team of Coastie volunteer mentors.
To celebrate the introduction of this programme to our community we are hosting a launch event. We would love you to celebrate with us as we get started on the mentoring journey!
When: 7pm, Thursday 22nd October
Where: Whangaparaoa Library
What: We are inviting our community to join us as we celebrate the launch of our new youth mentoring programme. This is also an opportunity to learn about the programme and how we will be supporting our young Coasties.
Drinks and nibbles will be provided.