Aiga

Connecting positively with Pasifika youth, supporting them to discover and enhance their underlying strength and purpose to meet life's challenges with confidence.

Overview

The Aiga programme is delivered by fitness experts, a registered psychologist, and leaders from within the Pasifika community. There is a strong integration with the aiga/family of youth involved, as well as the wider Pasifika community through existing partnerships with churches, schools, and other local Pasifika groups.

The programme provides opportunities for participants to build skills and understanding about mental well-being, physical well-being and cultural lead sessions which encompass traditional practices from an array of Pasifika communities. Fitness sessions are incorporated into each session which allows connections to grow between students and facilitators. Our registered psychologist delivers weekly activities focussed on mental health equipping students with solutions and strategies and providing opportunities for one-on-one discussions if needed.

 

This programme wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of Le Va

Intake Dates

Programme is run every school term.

Duration

10 weeks for two x 1.5 hour sessions per week.

Tuesday and Thursday 1:30pm-3pm.

Costs

There is no cost, however schools need to arrange their own transportation to the programme.

Eligibility

Referrals from participating schools only.

Youth aged 12-17 years and of Pasifika background.

Outcomes

Aiga/families and communities are strongly connected, and people are actively participating in the wider community to prevent or cope with distress.
Aiga/families and communities are actively building resilience and reducing the risks of suicide.
Community leaders empower people, foster resilience, and bring people and resources together for better mental wellbeing.
Families/Aiga and communities have stronger relationships and confidence to be able to talk about their difficulties.
Youth and Aiga are informed about and assisted in accessing support services. People bereaved by suicide receive the support they need within their families and Aiga.
Pasifika young people are connected to their culture and are supported to build a strong cultural identity to enhance their mental wellbeing

"I like that there is different schools, and that I am able to make new friends and meet new people. When I first came in I was kind of shy, didn’t really know anyone besides my school… How to straighten our mental health as well, and surrounding ourselves with positiveness instead of negativity and all that."

Tai - Otumoetai College

"I have been attending the Aiga Programme for like two years now. I really like the Aiga Programme because they bring a lot of people in together, like who need help with stuff. Like with their family problems, their school problems. I took out of it how to help my friends - like if they are in trouble with their mental health and stuff. And I know how to look after them and check up on them."

Junior - Mount College

"I have enjoyed taking out all the knowledge and advice from all the talking we have gone through. And from all the guest speakers I have enjoyed taking in what they have been telling us and the stories they bring into us. It really does inspire us and it does give us a positive attitude and learn more about life."

Lute - Tauranga Girls’ College

Facilitators

Our dedicated team are highly skilled and experienced in all areas of youth coaching. They all share the same goal of making positive and lasting change to the lives of our youth, supporting them in reaching their full potential and providing opportunities for them to achieve their dreams.

Schools can enquire here to find out more and how to get involved by contacting henry@tgaboxingacademy.org.nz

Shamay King

TBA Facilitator, Aiga Facilitator, Youth Coach

Henry Fa’afili

TBA Head Coach, Head facilitator Aiga

Rachel Wikeepa

TBA Office Manager and Mentor; Aiga facilitator

Kasey Anderson

TBA facilitator, Aiga facilitator, Youth Mentor

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