Mana Rangatahi

Join the award winning 2023 Programme of the Year.

Nau mai haere mai, welcome aboard the Mana Rangatahi youth waka and leadership network.

Registrations for 2024 are now open, spaces are limited - click to secure you place here
*Please note - our Dunedin, Clutha and Ōamaru workshops have now been filled for 2024, but places are still available for our Central Otago workshops.

He aha e Mana Rangatahi (MR)? Me pehea e mahi i te reira? What is Mana Rangatahi? How does it work?

(What is our unique position that reinforces the 95% success rate of our students?)

Mana Rangatahi (MR) is a youth leadership programme underpinned with entrepreneurial skills and tactics for youth (aged 16 -24yrs), elevating their confidence and competence towards choosing and pursuing their pathways and developing both resilient and highly skilled workforces. Students and graduates of the programme gain exclusive access to community and industry leadership roles and opportunities.
Exposure is key.

The foundation of our programme is based on success mapping their pathways influenced by applying Mātauranga Māori framework, where we delve into designing their Ko wai au - Who am I story, which leads their direction and establishes a strong foundation for where to next. This is where student creativity heightens.

Regardless of ethnicity and background, curiosity coupled with courage provides the perfect landscape to develop each individual to define and/or refine the pathway they wish to pursue. These include, but are not exclusive to the following;  

- Being your Own Boss - Entrepreneurship-self-employment
- Being Career ready - employment preparation/ job placement
- Being curious to learn more, up-skill - explores further education and training.
- Becoming a Global Youth Leader and Ambassador

We have a strong and passionate Alumni network that continue to support incoming generations, providing powerhouse tuakana-teina relationships and lifelong connections. Since it launched in 2020 and despite the COVID disruption, the Mana Rangatahi programme have supported over 315 rangatahi to progress to their desired pathways both here in Aotearoa and around the world.

Ko wai te mea tenei hoki? Who is it for? Why youth love Mana Rangatahi?

Who we are and what we do are best described by what it means for our youth, rangatahi and let them tell you why they love being part of it. Feel free to watch the videos of our graduates/tuakana and alumni, or check out our rangatahi led INNOV8HQ-TV by clicking here

How is it delivered?

Program facilitation in micro sessions both in person and online, based on being exposed to real world experiences. We introduce and immerse the participants in real workplace and business experiences, this includes community projects, initiatives and events with local leaders and ambassadors. We are delighted to provide all participants of our programme with the new Mana Rangatahi Kete app, that is a digital handbook and resource that you can use and keep (free) for life.

An integral part of the success of Mana Rangatahi for leadership development is based on applying a tuakana-teina (older sibling - younger sibling) teacher/learning model designed by youth for youth.

This has driven the desire to co-design a community event themed Journeys of Influence, where our rangatahi, youth can gain exposure to peers and intergenerational leaders doing inspiring mahi, work.

Our Community Partnerships for Programme Delivery.

We are delighted to have partnered with Transition to Work Trust to extend our reach to youth throughout the Otago region in 2024 and beyond.

What advantages can partnering with Mana Rangatahi bring to youth organisations, or education providers?

I. acquisition and retention of new/or students at risk, who choose to stay or upgrade in education to up-skill with a renewed sense of appreciating education through real world application
II.  accelerated pathway development for employment, in higher skilled roles
III. retention of employees who are driven to develop their career pathways
IV. collaborative associations enhance the experience and outcomes for youth, win-win for all

If you would like to learn more about our programmes please feel free to email: [email protected] or call us on 03 399 2222 or click here

Or for a downloadable brochure, click here

If you are Youth organisations or training providers, please click here

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