My Whare is an innovative response to housing youth in Aotearoa New Zealand and involves placing state of the art one-bedroom studios on residential properties to house young people who have had a challenging start.
How the Programme Works
The programme includes supportive mentoring from a host family to help guide the young person who is transitioning out of care or homelessness towards fulfilling life, educational and employment goals. In this way, the young person receives connection to community through shared meals and experiences with the host family, while being given the space to grow independently.
They also receive regular support and mentoring from a designated youth worker, who co-designs a path to independence with the young person, supporting them to learn the life skills necessary to live independently as adults.