PACT was formed in 1995 to work in schools with at-risk young people and in the community with their families – specifically in the Papatoetoe area. It was designed as a wraparound service where the initial support with the young person or child created an opportunity to work with the whole family according to their needs. Early services included parenting programmes, counselling support, holiday programmes, drop-in café for mums of pre-schoolers and anger management programmes. The work on which PACT has always been anchored is the support provided in the local schools. Depending on the needs of each school and its students PACT has been trusted to work individually with at-risk students, provide small group and whole class mentoring, run sports activities, develop and deliver drug and relationship courses and provide many other support services over our 28-year history.
The DNA of the organisation has always been based on the Christian faith, but our services are available to youth (and their families) of any religion or ethnicity. For many PACT has long been more than just a local community organisation but a place where whanaungatanga (a family-like connection) is created.
At PACT we are committed to journeying with at-risk rangatahi by providing support using preventative and mana enhancing approaches that encourage and empower them and their whānau to reach their potential.
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
PACT's vision is to support
our rangatahi to soar.
PACT's mission is to transform the Papatoetoe Community by mentoring and investing in rangatahi and strengthening whānau.