What is MYND?

MYND is for young males aged 14 – 17 who are referred to the programme for offending. It is a highly successful ‘intervention’ programme with a proven track record of significantly reducing youth re-offending. MYND is ‘outreach’ with an emphasis on effectively working with the young person in the community context.  Staff will provide support and strengthen a young person’s pro-social bonds to family, education/work providers, cultural and community resources.  This focus provides an opportunity to heal offenders, victims and communities injured by crime.

The MYND programme has two different services, the MYND Youth Development Programme and the MYND Transition Service.

MYND Youth Development Programme works with young people 14 years and over that have high needs and risk, who require intensive developmental work.

MYND Transition Service is designed for  those 16-years old and over with a focus on employment or employment related courses. 

MYND staff work alongside the participant within his own community to co-create an Individual Intervention Plan designed to reduce offending. They also teach and model life-skills that are essential for positive youth development.

MYND is underpinned by this whakatauki (proverb):

Hoatu te matau ki te rangatahi, ka hi te matauranga
Give youth a fish hook, so they can fish for knowledge

  • Why MYND?
  • MYND Research
  • MYND History


Goal:  Create Attitudinal and Behavioral Change


  1. Increase Life skill development
  2. Increase Protective Factors
  3. Develop healthy pro-social relationships
  4. Engaged in pro-social activities
  5. Recognise thoughts and behaviours which contribute to positive health and well-being
  6. Assist individuals to acquire work ready skills and attitudes

MYND reduces ‘risk factors that endanger youth and lead them off track by increasing ‘protective factors’ (conditions that promote healthy behaviours and decision-making).

MYND Research

MYND is currently involved with a research project click here to read more.

MYND History

MYND was founded in Auckland in 2001 due to the lack of restorative programmes within the Youth Justice system. The programme has always worked in partnership with government agencies and communities to address the multitude of challenges and issues facing youth offenders and continues to strengthen networks and resources to better serve the needs of its young people.

The programme started operations in South Auckland moving into the Central Auckland area in 2004. By 2006 MYND expanded its operations to all CYFS sites within the greater Auckland region allowing the opportunity for more young people to access its services.

In 2007, the Government asked Graeme Dingle Foundation to look into the youth offending area as there were too few programmes that were effective and sustainable. After much research Graeme Dingle Foundation was directed, by Chief Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft, to MYND which was successfully running throughout Auckland. The programme was doing great things, but its small team was suffering from burn-out and lack of resources.

In July 2008 the MYND programme merged under the governance of the Graeme Dingle Foundation. This merge has enabled the programme to access strong governance, leadership, strategic direction, resources and expertise of Graeme Dingle Foundation’s National Support Office (NSO) and become more sustainable and transparent.