When you pick up one end of the stick, you also pick up the consequences of the other end.
Brent was employed by the Graeme Dingle Foundation as a Youth Programme Co-ordinator, located at Linwood College at Ōtakaro, in Christchurch.
Referred to as the Stars (Ngā Whetu) programme, the role focused on providing leadership opportunities through mentoring Year 12 and 13 students, to be trained as Peer Mentors.
Peer Mentors in-turn followed a structured programme to deliver positive key transitional life skills such as goal setting, time management, good communication skills and building positive relationships, to Year 9 students.
Research and results have shown the programme to:
- Develop confidence
- Develop team building
- Develop friendships
- Teach students about their community
- Improve relationships between fellow students and also adults.
Why did this role appeal to Brent?
Because Brent got to nurture young minds to potentially develop and lead better lives.
An interest that originated when with his wife Claire, they started, owned, and operated a primary aged childcare business called ‘Outaskool Teenz.’
If only he had of known what he knows now back when he was a teenager growing up, perhaps the sticks he picked up may have had some smarter consequences. Perhaps!
Brent has the Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa certificate.
Brent welcomes opportunities to converse about further opportunities to collaborate with in the youth mentoring sector. Just simply complete and send the form below for Brent to get in touch.