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Developing strong wāhine through sport and recreation

Friday, October 9, 2020

Since the inception of the Wāhine Toa sole parent programme in 2018, more than 20 young women have completed the programme and many have gone on to further study or employment.

The unique 10-week programme includes opportunities for personal and professional development, all delivered and reinforced through sport and recreation activities.

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The programme is open to young solo mothers in Tauranga aged 18 to 26 and covers skills such as time management, communication and career planning as well as personal skills such as managing stress, decision-making and self-management.

The sport and recreation activities we undertake throughout the programme both encourage and challenge the participants. The shared experience of a morning workout helps them build a supportive network; they learn the value of teamwork and resilience during a difficult tramp or kayaking trip; and they discover their own capacity for change by applying their newfound personal and professional skills in volunteering opportunities.

The young women then graduate from the programme with confidence, job-ready skills and a strong sense of self-worth. With that solid foundation they’re able to apply for jobs they previously didn’t feel qualified for, or enrol in tertiary study that will help them reach their career goals.

But don't take it from us - hear below from some 2019 participants about the impact the Wāhine Toa sole parent programme has had on them.

Find out more about the Wāhine Toa sole parent programme

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