Emphasis is put on discipline and teamwork.
Where ATAWHAI is concerned discipline is any training intended to produce a specific character or pattern of behaviour, especially training that produces moral, physical, or mental development in a particular direction.
The ATAWHAI programme often requires that young people work together to accomplish common goals; therefore, teamwork is an important element of the programme.
Effective collaborative skills are necessary to work well in a team environment. ATAWHAI attempts to enhance young people’s collaborative efforts through training and support to help them effectively work together and accomplish shared outcomes.
The intention is to educate and give choices to young people, instil discipline and self-esteem and encourage them to look and listen before they act.