Equipping young people with life skills

Attitude is the youth division of The Parenting Place, providing presentations and resources to New Zealand high schools and intermediate schools. These programmes cover the five strands of the health curriculum and work in conjunction with health teachers and their own programmes.

Attitude programmes give young people the tools to construct meaningful lives. They encourage mental and emotional resilience and inspire teenagers to make informed choices that will help them protect their future. The materials are based on credible research and give young people strategies for solving problems, handling stress, building resilience and negotiating relationships.


The ‘magic’ part of the Attitude programme is the live presentations in schools. The eight different presentations are up-to-the-minute, funny, informative, research-based, and backed up with vibrant visuals. The presenters use humour and honesty along with the best mentoring principles to engage and inspire young people to think about and plan for their future. Topics include choices, mental health, friendships, sex, relationships, drugs, alcohol, use of technology and families.

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Student resources

Attitude offers five handbooks that encourage teenagers to adopt strong ‘head-messages’ to foster a sense of the future and good social connections. This sense of connectedness and optimism provides a vital foundation for the successful negotiation of the challenges of adolescence.

Intermediate school programme

The Attitude intermediate programme was developed with the input of teachers, students, parents, researchers and educators. Four essential health topics for intermediate students are covered including friendships, self-esteem, puberty and technology. Our aim is to align our topics wherever possible with students’ current learning. Our topics can easily be tailored to meet the specific needs of each school.

Child and parent evenings are also held with an aim to equip youth and encourage their parents with skills and strategies to develop positive family relationships.

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