Engaging multi-cultural at-risk youth in transition to tertiary education and the workplace

This study documents the factors that increase secondary school dropout rates. The research team surveyed and interviewed 25 youth educators and conducted in depth interviews with 28 young role models, from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, to analyse the coping mechanism effective against early risk factors.

Here is a trailer with excerpts of student interviews to use in class and introduce your students to the concept of role models:

Click on the image below to go to our YouTube channel where these interviews are accessible to educators:

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On the project's YouTube channel resources are organised in playlists, according to topics (disabled students, diverse students, Teacher professional development web tools, etc). Here is an example from the teacher Professional Development playlist:

More about the foundation research project:
Thematic analysis of the stories uncovered elements from three topics: strengthening identity through personal growth; enablement through interpersonal development; and post- secondary transition mechanisms. Narratives expand on these topics. Obstacles were explained as inevitable parts of one’s pathway with descriptions of turning points.

A trailer with excerpts from these interviews is available at: http://tinyurl.com/rolemodelexcerpts. An interactive resource is being developed for youth workers to help youth avoid risk factors and increase youth involvement in educational and community-based extracurricular activities. The long-term aim is to support at-risk secondary students in developing goals to guide their transition from secondary education.

The project was run in partnership with AIESEC New Zealand and in collaboration with The University of Waikato, Wintec, AUT, Asia:NZ Foundation, Entrepreneurship NZ: Ahikaa; the Hub Youth Charitable Trust, Pasifika Medical Association, Waikato Museum, Raukura Hauora O Tainui and over 20 schools throughout New Zealand. The project is funded by the Todd foundation.

Contact: Annick Janson, Associate Researcher, Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington and Ecosynergy Group Ltd, Hamilton Email: annick@egl.ac.nz

View the research project on the Human Rights Commission site:

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