A springboard for positive futures
Springboard is here to make sure every young person has someone in their corner.
Filling gaps in the community
The organisation was started in 2002 by Gary Diprose, an ex-dairy farmer, to help young people in Mahurangi who had been removed from school and were getting into trouble.
As deeper issues emerged such as mental health, drugs, unemployment and offending, the gaps and needs in the community became more evident, Springboard General Manager, Dan Gray says.
More than 20 staff (pictured above) are now delivering social services for young people aged 8 to 24 on the North Shore of Auckland and as far north as Wellsford.
“Regardless of poverty, privilege or ethnic background, young people experience trauma and challenges due to unmet foundational needs and systemic failures,” Dan says.
“Our services have been created to help fill some of those gaps.”
“We are like their extended family. We will never be too busy for them and we will always find a way to work with them, regardless of what they are going through.”
Hope for their future
Through a one-on-one mentoring program, rangatahi are paired with mentors and they spend time together every week to form long-lasting positive relationships.
Springboard also offers alternative education and helps young people and their families access other social services such as financial and housing support.
They are launching a driving academy soon as licensing is a common barrier to employment for many young people, Dan says.
“We believe all young people have hope for their future and we want to help them find their purpose,” Dan says.
“It blows our mind to see the changes they can make.”