Stress is the most significant issue young Kiwis face, Youthline’s latest research reveals.
The State of the Generation research also shows that the greatest barrier to seeking help is embarrassment, with young people more likely to source information and help online first – Google and social media rate higher than personal interactions with friends and family.
Coca-Cola and Youthline’s new app Good2Great is designed to tackle these issues. The online app guides users through virtual scenarios adapted from real situations young people have identified. The aim is to help them navigate some of the common challenges they may face.
“Young people who feel happy and able to cope with problems generally have a greater capacity to do well at school, enjoy life and contribute to the community. Good2Great encourages young people to learn about themselves, develop practical coping abilities and be in a safe environment without fear of being judged,” Youthline chief executive Stephen Bell said.
The free interactive app is one of the first of its kind in the world, aimed at giving young people the confidence and knowledge to reach their potential. Coca-Cola and Youthline hopes 5000 young people will complete the online course in 2017, alongside the 40,000 young people Youthline already supports every year.
The app was designed by Youthline and funded by Coca-Cola New Zealand. It is also intended to help young Kiwis build their self-confidence and leadership skills within a safe and anonymous environment, creating another layer of support for young people regardless of where they are, and free of charge.
Along with the online component, Good2Great will include regular free weekend workshops. Facilitated by Youthline teams across the country, they will offer a safe space for young people to share their challenges and ideas openly with peers while developing their problem-solving skills and confidence.
“By working together to develop Good2Great, Youthline’s amazing work is now more visible and accessible in an online environment that young people use every day and are familiar and comfortable with,” Coca-Cola Oceania country manager Sandhya Pillay said.
New Zealand musician Stan Walker came on board as the ambassador for the Good2Great programme. He’ll be taking part in various activities and workshops across NZ.
“Stan has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by young Kiwis today and shares the same vision as Coca-Cola and Youthline to create brighter pathways and opportunities for our youth,” Stephen said.
“We have worked with Youthline for over nine years and witnessed first-hand the life-changing work the team does,” Sandhya said.
“To help create this world-first online programme with Youthline, specifically for New Zealand youth, is something we are very proud of. We’re excited to see Good2Great come to life so that the next generation is well-supported and empowered as valued members of our communities.”
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