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Youth disengagement from school and society has been exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New Zealand Herald

New research says they were exhibiting “silent disengagement” – the withdrawal from peers, schooling and community with little outside recognition.

Disengagement often flies under the radar because it is not in itself a mental illness or “at-risk” behaviour and does not always raise flags with social services or the justice system. But it can have long-term, even lifelong, consequences.

“The young people that I talked to and the parents … were telling me the same stories over and over again,” said Julie Moore, research and evaluation manager at the Graeme Dingle Foundation.

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Newstalk ZB

Young people are going to need help to get out and about again.

The Graeme Dingle Foundation has found a number of 14 to 24 year-olds are disengaging from their peers, education and society. Many school students are in their rooms socialising online, leaving caregivers isolated and struggling to re-engage them.

The Foundation’s research manager, Julie Moore, told Mike Hosking this has been a worldwide and New Zealand problem for some time, even before Covid.

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Graeme Dingle Foundation evaluations of our Project K and Career Navigator community models revealed a growing concern in New Zealand communities around young people who are becoming increasingly disengaged. Our research has found that disengagement can lead to decreased confidence, motivation, and anxiety with the potential for long lasting consequences for the young person – and society. But intervention through youth development programmes can assist and support successful outcomes for participants. Our timeline was September 2020 – June 2021. Click here to read our executive summary

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