Our Youth Programmes

Our youth work is two-fold. Our paid programs include working with rangatahi in schools and through youth justice; and training teachers and staff in how to deliver our evidence-based program in their workplace or community.

Our not-for-profit program is ATAWHAI and to learn more about that, click here.

In our work with rangatahi, they learn to deal with challenging emotions, conflicts, forgiveness, honest communication, empathy, focus, motivation, positive decision making and positive relationship skills. In 2017, we worked with 533 students under the age of 18 who participated in our Mindfulness programs and mental health workshops. Demand for our programs continues to grow and our mahi has contributed positively to the development of confidence, empathy, compassion, and turning around anti-social and sometimes criminal behaviours in rangatahi. To see program evaluations and testimonials for this work, click here.

We work with youth in mainstream school, alternative education, youth justice and with other community partners. We have also piloted a successful program in alternative education in partnership with The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand & Mindfulness Education Group. We have run successful programs and classes in Onehunga High, Auckland Girls Grammar, four primary schools and in alternative education. 

We offer school programs across Auckland. We also run intensive youth programs outside of Auckland in schools and community organisations. These programs are funded by the schools or local organisations. If you would like more information on a program in your school or community organisation, email: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com

"I can confidently say that through the Mindfulness program that she took part in this year, Emily's* whole approach to life, school, her after school job, and her relationships, has made her a new person. It's been a massive blessing to her journey and something she now uses in day to day life."
- Anonymous

*Name has been changed to protect privacy