Programme Content

Our goal is to empower young people at risk of serious offending to take responsibility for their actions and to turn their lives around.

Children and young people that meet the criteria are referred to TYLA via a Police Youth Aid Officer, CYF or schools and local community groups. Children can be identified from age 9 when they are in the final year of primary school up until the end of intermediate school at age 13 to participate in TYLA. The programme is available for up to five years with the aim to support the youth towards graduation at NCEA Level 1.

Each Social Worker will have a caseload of no more than 12-15 youths so that they can adequately support the individuals and their families. In addition, the TYLA team has the added value of specialised Youth Workers who have the ability to relate to young people 'at risk' by facilitated and targeted group work, values camps, sporting and other development programme activities.

There are four fundamental components of the TYLA programme that work in harmony to ensure the needs of the youth and family are fulfilled - Wairua, Health, Whanau and Education.

The programme is designed to provide the tools and skills necessary for the individuals to take responsibility for their own actions and make good choices in life.

Furthermore, we promote the families to take an active role in their children lives and work with them to support them to make good choices. TYLA advocates and works collaboratively with community agencies to support these families therefore ensuring the best outcomes.

Youth Selection

Youth Selection

TYLA works with community groups, the NZ Police and Child Youth and Family Services to identify those most likely to benefit from engagement with the TYLA programme. READ MORE



TYLA has a comprehensive reporting structure that ensures accurate assessment and selection of those youth who are most at risk and most likely to meet with success by engaging in the TYLA programme. READ MORE


Once a child or young person has been identified as a possible candidate, the family and whanau are contacted to gain all necessary approvals and buy-in.

Programme Partner Selection

TYLA has a rigorous identification assessment and evaluation process to help identify preferred partners. TYLA's programme providers are chosen with excellence and results in mind and their programmes are developed in conjunction with the TYLA Trust Four Pillars of Health, Education, Whanau and Wairua. READ MORE

TYLA Programme Tailoring

TYLA tailors programmes in conjunction with community groups, the Police and families to provide individual support to ensure the greatest likelihood of success. READ MORE

Monitoring and Feedback

TYLA’s monitoring and feedback system is considered to be one of the most comprehensive measures for truly assessing progress with at risk youth.

TYLA Effectiveness Reporting

Holiday Programme January 2014

Holiday Programme January 2014

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TYLA Referral Form

If you would like to refer a young person to our programme please see the attached form under the School or Families tab. READ MORE

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