Futureopoly is an event for Year 11-13’s run in 2022.
400 students in 2022—(600 students confirmed for 2023)
Karamu High School; Hastings Girls High School; Ignite; Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga; Havelock North High School; Woodford House; Te Kura; Oranga Tamariki; Development Hub; Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Ara Hou; Connected; Mahi for Youth; Workforce Development; Flaxmere College;Te Tipu Whenua o Pāharakeke; Tamatea High School; William Colenso College; William Colenso TPU; Te Aratika Academy; Tū Te Wana – Fruition Napier/Hastings; Tū Te Wana – Fruition CHB; Hastings Boys High School; Hastings Christian School; Hukarere College; Taradale High School
Overview of the Initiative:
Futureopoly is a game-based vocational pathway event-show casing local earn-while-you learn opportunities for rangatahi of all ages.
Futureopoly was created due to a gap identified through our Career Navigator program. Rangatahi shared their values through career readiness workshops. It was evident that some of their most important values were to stay local and to help support their whānau financially.
Futureopoly was designed to enable rangatahi to connect with employers, be inspired, and feel empowered to choose a vocational career pathway that had meaning to them. The game design motivates rangatahi participation through gamification, interaction, and rewards. When rangatahi engage, they become informed about future employment possibilities. They do this by completing inspiring interviews and experiential activities with each of the businesses. This inspires them to make career decisions that align with their hopes and values.
Events have also been run at local high schools, in a smaller capacity, for junior high school students.
—Futureopoly Overview for onboarding businesses
Through our surveys and data collection we were able to gather feedback on the event from tauira, kaiako and businesses involved.
In addition to finding the event ‘fun’ the tauira were informed of the multiple industries and local opportunities within Hawkes Bay. They found it beneficial to engage with the businesses and enquire with regard to the different opportunities within each business to grow their careers.
The tauira gained confidence in themselves through their interactions and conversations with the employers and other adults. They were motivated to take steps towards their future career and hopefully they could enter into a career of their choice.
The event was free for all Hawkes Bay schools to attend. (This was subsequently changed in 2023 to a charge of $10 per student).
The gameboard format supported students to engage with the businesses to earn rewards. The tauira were provided with interview questions for the businesses to earn stickers which could be converted to prizes. They were supported to ask additional questions to earn extra rewards. We found the additional questions came easily to the students as they were interested in what each employer had to offer for their career development.
Staff who accompanied the students were delighted to see the levels of engagement. There were things to do for the active students and these activities then lead on to questions and further engagement. The staff from industry/businesses slept well that night.
Challenges were time and capacity being not-for-profit.
Recommendation includes planning well in advance. Flexibility and time management are integral to the event. Good business relationships and taking the time to meet with new businesses face to face to ensure they understand the game concept well and the importance of the experiential activities and commitment to the event given their names are printed on gameboards.
Futureopoly Volunteer Bulletin
Futureopoly 2022 Gameboard
Futureopoly 2022 Final Report
Futureopoly Information Bulletin
Futureopoly Information for Employers Bulletin
Futureopoly Information for Schools Bulletin
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