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Ramp or Wrap? What's next for us...
What do you do when everything’s changing, when the path you’ve been taking has come to a crossroads, and there’s no map to tell you which new path to choose?
That’s where we’re at with the PETER Collective. I like to think that we’ve actually be successful enough with our Collective Impact attempt that’s it now either ramp it up, or wrap it up, and either way we’ll be good.
See we’ve managed to learn and prototype and build enough value for our community and ourselves, that our ventures are facing growing pains, and our members are being stretched with more and more opportunity, that pulls at our already full capacity. So we have to ask ourselves, should we stay or should we go?
So what is this success I’m talking about? Let me break down the main bits for you:
The Puketapapa Community Driving School was a response to the overwhelming demand in our community for support for driver license training. Back in 2015/16 we had jam packed theory classes and huge wait lists from both young and not so young. We also had multiple (like 7 at least) organisations in our community running driver training in their organisation, with a little resource and a little knowledge. Our idea was to find a way to be better with our resources, to invest in a few experts, and build a sustainable model for driver training. And so the PCDS was born. Our goal is to have a competitive and sustainable driving school that uses it's income to help subsidise those who find the cost of training and testing a barrier. Pop over and read Honey's blog for more info and the mind boggling stats so far!
Based on the fact that young people who fail to transition well from Primary School, through Intermediate and into High School, are far more likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training), we started a working group to understand and improve the transition process. We started by scoping the work already being done in our community, with some awesome information coming out, see the report here. Then, lead by the awesome leadership at Wesley Intermediate School and Auckland City Education Services, alongside multiple organisations and agencies, worked to fix the enrolment process in the local catchment areas, to ensure that every Yr8 student was enrolled and ready to start their new high school BEFORE day one of their Yr9 classes.
This programme is absolutely brilliant, and we've only just started to see what impact it can make. Simply put, the educator programme trains up people in community (or any) organisations to have the skills and certification needed to assess and award NCEA credits, for the programmes they are already running. It acknowledges that learning happens everywhere, not just inside a school or a classroom, and that for some people, gaining a few credits give them a sense of achievement that can help propel them forward in their education journey. We have about 7, or 8, educators now qualified in our community, including the PCDS, Te Whangai Trust, Migrant Action Trust, REC Youth Development and more, and many organisations are keen to jump on board in the next round. Read more in Michael's blog.
A Space for Collaboration
We've been offered a space in our community, rent free, to turn it into a space for collaboration. We don't have the resources (time or funds) to take on a building, but at the same time, resources can be found and a new opportunity could be on the horizon. Should we move on this? Or not?
Already a success in the Tamaki area, Talking Matters is emerging in our Puketapapa community, growing thinkers, talker and readers by educating and equipping whanau on the importance of oral literacy from birth, and that by talking to our babies and developing their vocabulary, they'll be ready for primary school come age 5. Seems simple, but for some whanau it's a new concept, and with the Director of Talking Matters in our PETER Strategy Team we've been cheering this programme on since it's conception.
Manawa, Lou, Honey, Andy and Michael
These members of our team have all gone through so much growth and development, that new opportunities have come their way, meaning an already full capacity has been stretched even further. Lou is now the Enterprise Manager at Te Whangai Trust, Manawa the Managing Director of Ngahere Communities, operating Manukau's first coworking, events and makerspace, Honey has moved home to the Phillipines, Michael has taken on the management of 3 new Youth Residential Homes, and Andy is leading the strategic development of a programme to build the skills needed for the future of work in South Auckland.
So now the question remains... should we ramp it up or wrap it up?
What would you do?
We're currently working with the Centre for Social Impact to dissect where we are at, identify the opportunities for growth, lay out some scenarios for the future, and then speak to our incredible funding partners, Foundation North, about what 2019 and beyond could look like.
It's incredibly freeing to take the time to think strategically and honestly about where we want to go, what we want to keep, what we want to let go of, and whether or not it's time to just call it a day, have a party, and walk away.
This decision is coming very soon, and we look forward to sharing it with you either way!