What we do
Alternative education is a short term intervention which supports students who have been alienated from mainstream education. The main goal is to engage with students in a meaningful learning program, and to transition them to further education, training or employment.
Students can complete unit standards or NCEA credits and we focus on three key subjects: English, Mathematics, and Te Reo Maori. Bays Youth believes this combination of subjects will provide key skills in numeracy and literacy that will be vital for students in all areas of life, and assist with reintegration to mainstream education and beyond.
In addition to these subjects we also teach life skills, including health, physical education, and social skills. As a small flexible team we have the ability to tailor individual student learning plans, encouraging students to engage in various activities that they specifically enjoy such as art and music.
Our work focuses on supporting young people to:
- re-engage in their own education,
- build supportive relationships with tutors,
- increase resilience and wellbeing,
- learn social and practical skills,
- build friendships with peers and enjoy coming to class!
“I would just like to thank you and everyone so much for what you have done for X. I do not think he would have survived emotionally without your input. You have made a person out of this boy and he is delightful. Thank you so much for all your efforts. I know it was not always easy. Thank you for persevering and teaching this boy to be a good man. Thanks also for your big heart you bring to working with these young people.”