Jono Campbell is the manager of Te Ora Hou Otautahi, and also the National Coordinator of Te Ora Hou Aotearoa.
Te Ora Hou is a youth-based organisation that provides a number of innovative programmes for at risk youth. Te Ora Hou offers weekly programmes linking young people with a mentor, and provides camps, training, and various discipleship programmes, all aimed at assisting young people with their transition to adulthood.
Jono holds a degree in political studies and a diploma in teaching. He began his involvement in youth services in 1991 as a junior volunteer at Te Ora Hou, and soon after became a volunteer leader. “I was invited to join by a mate of my older sister during my seventh form year,” says Jono. “He was a volunteer leader and encouraged me to get stuck in and I’ve been involved ever since.”
After returning from a stint in the UK teaching at an innovative private school for children with autism and other related learning difficulties, Jono began fulltime work for Te Ora Hou and Te Kaupapa Whakaora alternative education program. During this time, he led a pilot project in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs that sought ways of minimising offending within a particular group of juvenile offenders.
“Youth work allows me to continually learn and to be challenged everyday,” Jono says. “I particularly enjoy working with urban Maori and Polynesian groups, especially young leaders. I also enjoy working in specific communities – particularly those I have lived in.”
Since Jono has been with Te Ora Hou, the organisation has grown to a fulltime staff of seven. It also employs two fulltime interns and more than 20 volunteers. Staff work with about 80 whanau and rangatahi each week, and focus on long-term youth development rather than short-term interventions.
On the WFCT
Jono understands “all the tensions” that come with the hands on work as well as the administration side of youth work – including finding the funding and supporting out-workers, volunteers and whanau, and therefore, brings a broad range of experiences to the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust. As well as being involved with the Youth Advisory Group, Jono has also served on various local and national reference groups on youth issues.