We are focused on raising aspirations and achievement of Pasifika youth through social and economic development programmes and projects. Pasifika cultural norms and values underpin and guide our activities. The Trust provides a platform to allow localised projects to be driven by various organisations, particularly around youth education and mentoring. Innovative programmes and services are delivered by our experienced local providers who seek to maximise the potential of our children and young people.
Pacific Advance Senior School (PASS) is a partnership school based in Otahuhu, and aims to provide a learning pathway option for students, who have struggled to fulfil their learning potential in mainstream settings. For Pasifika, by Pasifika and determined by Pasifika, PASS was founded in 2014. The school is guided by the collective efforts as a community to improve Pacific students’ educational outcomes.
Pasifika PowerUP is a joint Ministry of Education and Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs-driven programme that actively supports Pasifika parents and families to champion their children’s learning, and provides academic support for secondary and primary students. The programme is delivered at ‘PowerStations’ located in community settings, and programmes are focused on accelerating early learning participation, National Standards success and NCEA success.
Our partners have extensive experience in working with Pacific young people and children delivering strength and resiliency based mentoring programmes. PPAT mentoring programmes specifically target youth to identify their unique cultural values and strengths, relating them to the context of living and thriving in Aotearoa New Zealand. Whilst the majority of students engaged in mentoring programmes have tended to be Pacific, our provider’s programmes have not been exclusive to Pacific.