At Springboard Trust, we understand that leadership is one of many levers for positive change in the lives of our tamariki – and many of our friends are doing vital work in other spaces with the same goal.
One such organisation is Mitey – an initiative from the Sir John Kirwan Foundation dedicated to building strong mental health education for children in years one to eight. Last year, they undertook an evaluation of their work so far, with some “mighty” impressive results!
What Mitey does for schools in Aotearoa
Mitey works with schools so that schools can deliver age-appropriate understanding, knowledge and skills for young people to nurture their own emotional wellbeing (as well as that of others). Their work, aligned to the NZ Curriculum, adopts a whole school approach that encompasses teaching, whānau and community, staff wellbeing and governance – not unlike the whole-school approach to leadership in Springboard Trust’s programmes.
Mitey provides coaching, resources, ongoing support, and helps schools develop both a mental health action plan and a deeper understanding of their strengths and needs regarding childrens’ mental and emotional wellbeing. As Nikki Flexman (Head of Growth at Mitey) notes, their raison d'etre is simple:
"I’m pretty sure everyone in NZ agrees we need to turn our mental health statistics around. Mitey is our response to that problem, and we believe it can lead the change we need."