Did you know that feeling connected to just one positive adult outside of the family can buffer the impact of several risk factors in a young person’s life? There is a lot that we can do to create communities where rangatahi/young people can succeed.

We know that these things have been proven to help reduce drug and alcohol harm for young people:

  • Having opportunities for every young person to develop:
    • Individual protective factors (like feeling in control of their lives, self-esteem, good social skills, decision making skills)
    • Good relationships and connections (things like eating a meal together as a family and being able to have someone to talk to can help a huge amount)
    • A vocational pathway and having experiences of educational achievement
    • Contribution and involvement in their community
  • For those young people that need support, we can help them identify that as early as possible and provide easy access to support that is effective and developmentally appropriate

Local Plans – keeping communities involved

  • Odyssey
  • Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki
  • CareNZ
  • Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust

Resources and tools