A proactive community approach to stress & anxiety in teenagers & families
"BETTER PUT A STRONG FENCE 'ROUND THE TOP OF THE CLIFF THAN AN AMBULANCE DOWN THE VALLEY
- Joseph Malins (1895)
A few details
TIMES: Study Space & Chill-out zone are open 8.30am - 5pm Monday - Friday
DATES: 1st - 30th November 2023
WHO'S IT FOR: Teenagers studying for high school, NCEA, CAIE (or equivalent) exams.
LOCATION: Orewa Baptist Church - 2 Loop Rd, Orewa
PARKING: OBC has a large carpark available off Loop Rd, or Loop Rd itself has limited parking.
ENTRANCE: Coast Stressless' unique entrance is from Loop Rd, look for the signs
Coast Stress Less is a Community Initiative to aid students & families to succeed through stressful periods of life.
A 'stress less week' is not some new idea. Many Universities up & down Aotearoa & around the world carry out these weeks to intentionally help students deal with the stresses of exams in order that they might achieve their best results.
We want the same for our teenagers here in New Zealand. We know that with the right tools our young people can achieve their best. That is why for the two weeks leading up to the NCEA exams, right through until November 25th we have a creative, stimulating & safe environment for teenagers to come & study. A place where they will be equipped with wifi, stationery, desks & everything they need to achieve their best & make the most of the study time available to them.
During this time we also offer a space, befittingly named 'the Chill-Out Zone.' As we all know, the brain needs regular breaks too. This space helps re-energize & rejuvenate. A place to grab a quick snack, listen to some music, and engage in conversation.
We know that through the equipping & empowering of students we can help them succeed through NCEA.
We also know that the improvement of our community's mental health & well-being is an ongoing battle & conversation that requires our full attention.
It is for this reason we are committed to helping provide proactive & pre-emptive tools to our rangatahi, parents & our wider community. Equipping & empowering them into a more positive & capable space to deal with stressful periods in life.
An initiative born out of Orewa Baptist Church. The Orewa Elevate Trust continues the good work started strengthening our Coast community. The OBC building is close in proximity to a number of schools & has fantastic facilities & volunteers who have made it possible for the Coast Stressless Initiative to provide these amazing tools & resources to our Coast youth.
Kiwi's are so full of potential & we desire to give our rangatahi the best possible opportunity to realize theirs & remove as many of the barriers that may hinder them achieve that. Unfortunately, our statistics in NZ show that stress & poor mental health are huge inhibitors to realizing that potential. If we can help our young people by taking a few proactive steps to encourage quality study & a culture cultivating a positive focus on realizing potential versus a 'test-taking results focussed' approach.
We believe in a better future for our rangatahi, a future where their light shines brightly as their potential is celebrated even before it is realized. Let us remove the lampshades, the pressures & contributors to poor mental health. Let us be a nation & generation for all to see.