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Alternative Education Programme

Impact alternative education is our oldest programme founded in 2002 and has received recognition for the innovative way that it works with 13 to 16 year olds who have been removed from mainstream schooling having given up on education, those in authority and often on themselves.

By creating an environment of mutual respect, tutors gain the trust of the young person causing barriers to be removed and enabling the young person to focus on learning, resulting in better outcomes being achieved in the classroom.

The strength of our programme is in the balanced mix of gaining practical work-readiness skills, life enriching activities (such as outdoor adventures) whilst continuing to work towards NCEA Level 1 and 2 within a supportive environment.

Our strong focus on gaining practical skills has included chainsaw skills, fencing, attaining learner driver licenses and first-aid certificates amongst others. In addition we provide workshops on a range of topics including drug and alcohol abuse, anger management and personal health. Students are also assisted with CV preparation and are supported into the workplace.

Impact Student: Hehu

When I was 14 years old I was kicked out of school for huffing gas, assault and other bad behaviour. When I was kicked out of school I came to a place that I thought I would never fit into. But I found a place that changed me a lot and that place was Impact.
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True Stories: Liam

“I was antagonistic, angry, abandoned, a cheat, thief, threatening and threatened.”

Life was open warfare, me versus the world. I focused my attacks on anyone with authority. My weapons were partially purposed to punish the people who pissed me off. Stealing and cheating were my way of crying out for attention. Attention that was once mine, but I felt robbed from me. I felt forgotten and unloved.

Excluded from two schools and a psychiatric assessment on the way, I was happy that people were finally paying me the attention I craved. It was negative attention but attention nonetheless. I had won the battle but CYFs were knocking on the door and I was in danger of losing the war. It was at this time I was introduced to Impact.

Impact became my new battle-ground. The weapons I was confronted with at Impact were the opposite of what I had ever known. And the one weapon that changed my life was love.

It’s not the kind of love that you see in Hollywood, it is a brotherly love where they were like my older siblings looking out for me. They spent time with me, they listened without judging me, they treated me as an equal, and they challenged me respectfully. Thank you Steve, Peter and Shelldon for watching out for your little brother. It was at this time that I found peace with God and I thank Him for bringing me to Springboard.