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Check & Connect

Check & Connect: Te Hononga

Check & Connect: Te Hononga is a two-year, educational mentoring programme for students in years 9–11 at risk of disengaging from school.

Check & Connect was developed by the University of Minnesota in the late 1990s. It has a strong record of helping students to: 

  • improve their engagement and retention rates
  • develop a positive attitude to learning
  • increase their levels of problem solving
  • raise their academic performance.


What is involved?

A school nominates students based on a number of risk indicators, including lateness to school and classes, incomplete homework, absenteeism.

Students accepted onto the programme are matched with a trained Check & Connect: Te Hononga mentor. The mentor works with the student to help them to set and achieve their educational goals over a minimum period of two years. This includes working with the student’s whānau/family and school, and other service providers who can help the student achieve their goals.

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