MYND is a programme which specialises in Youth Development for 14-17 year old males who've been referred by the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Services (CYFS) for offending and anti-social behaviour. Youth Workers and Social Workers work collectively to address and support the needs of each person within the programme. Youth are connected to services, opportunities and supports so that they can practice, apply and expand what they know and learn. The programme helps youth to understand the importance of making decisions and undertaking actions that are safe for themselves and others with an emphasis on choices and consequences.
It is community based and driven by a firm belief that all young people deserve a chance to positively contribute to their community and be happy.
MYND is underpinned by this whakatauki (proverb):
Hoatu te matau ki te rangatahi, ka hi te matauranga
Give youth a fish hook, so they can fish for knowledge
By the end of the MYND programme, participants will:
- Have improved life skills and the knowledge to support growth and development
- Be able to interact soically in a positive manner
- Be able to develop healthy relationships
- Recognise thoughts and behaviours that contribute to positive health and well-being
Furthermore, MYND reduces 'risk factors' (conditions which endanger youth and lead them off track) by increasing 'protective factors' (conditions that promote healthy behaviours and decision-making).
MYND staff work alongside the participant within his own community to co-create an Individual Intervention Plan designed to reduce offending. They also teach and model life-skills that are essential for positive youth development.
MYND is currently involved with a research project click here to read more.
MYND was founded in Auckland in 2001 due to the lack of restorative programmes within the Youth Justice system. The programme has always worked in partnership with government agencies and communities to address the multitude of challenges and issues facing youth offenders and continues to strengthen networks and resources to better serve the needs of its young people.
The programme started operations in South Auckland moving into the Central Auckland area in 2004. By 2006 MYND expanded its operations to all CYFS sites within the greater Auckland region allowing the opportunity for more young people to access its services.
In 2007, the Government asked Graeme Dingle Foundation to look into the youth offending area as there were too few programmes that were effective and sustainable. After much research Graeme Dingle Foundation was directed, by Chief Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft, to MYND which was successfully running throughout Auckland. The programme was doing great things, but its small team was suffering from burn-out and lack of resources.
In July 2008 the MYND programme merged under the governance of the Graeme Dingle Foundation. This merge has enabled the programme to access strong governance, leadership, strategic direction, resources and expertise of Graeme Dingle Foundation’s National Support Office (NSO) and become more sustainable and transparent.