16-year-old Josh* wants to join the army but 12 months ago it wasn’t looking promising.
Josh wasn’t at school, wasn’t engaged, was very shy, had low self-esteem and little confidence. His mother turned to Youth Service for help, hoping some professional intervention would give Josh the support he desperately needed.
Despite the fact that Josh had a desire to join the army he needed some qualifications, so he was encouraged to enrol with Literacy Aotearoa and has since earned literacy and numeracy credits. He’s taken driving lessons and now has his Restricted driving licence.
This is been a remarkable turnaround for the young man and his Youth Coach, Philippa, is incredibly proud of what he’s achieved to date.
“In just over 12 months, Josh has gone from being shy and timid to having a lot more confidence," says Philippa. "His work with Literacy Aotearoa has given him a sense of achievement and his future is looking far more positive.”