What is the Young Guns Programme?

This Manaaki Ability Trust Young Guns Programme is unique to the Wellington region and to young people with disabilities aged between 16-30 years.

Manaaki Ability Trust works from a strengths-based perspective—that is we believe that everyone, no matter whom, has something that they are good at.

Disability is not an excuse for us not being able to find out what that is with our clients. We have dedicated staff who are trained in youth work and/or disability issues and we work with each young person on an individual basis to find out what their goals, aspirations and dreams are.

Once we have found these out we will work to try and make them a reality – sometimes things don’t work out, but we understand this because this is life and life is what we are wanting to prepare each and every one of our Young Guns for. We will work with families/whanau/caregivers/residential providers to make it work – and most especially, we will work with the young person and we will listen We do care and we will be realistic.

We promise that it won’t be boring. In fact, it will be the opposite and it will be at the pace that each client feels happy with.
And we promise it will be fun!

Preparation for life after school

Our desire is to make a difference in the lives of our young people and prepare them for life after school.

We focus on:

  • Paid employment
  • Work experience
  • Volunteering
  • Duke of Edinburgh Hillary awards
  • Sport
  • Champions Fitness Training
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Social Media
  • IT Computers
  • Developing new skills
  • Engaging in community activities and programmes
  • Coordinating with education providers such as Weltec
  • Work ready to develop CV and apply for an R18 card
Have you got a disability?
  • Have you left school?
  • Have you got lots of ideas?
  • Do you want to meet other young people?
  • Do you want to get paid employment?
    – and if you can’t just yet …
  • Do you want to get some work experience?
  • Do you want someone to take you seriously?
Do you want to do what all other young kiwis are doing?
  • Finding out all about flatting
  • Finding out about how to use your skills and abilities
  • Fashion on a shoe string
    – both young men and young women
  • Cooking meals for one or your family/whanau
  • Learning about relationships and making real friends
  • Being part of an arts or drama workshop and possibly being a paid extra for a tv or film production

Social Media


Community Participation

Transition from School

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