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AMPED pumps up the volume during Youth Week 2018

During Youth Week this May, the Zeal Wellington crew celebrated young artists and performers at AMPED, with over 80 attendees watching five acts play.

In a collaboration with BGI (Boys and Girls Institute), AMPED was a rock gig showcasing some amazing young talent in Wellington. 6 young people in our Live Sound Programme did all the production for the evening, with 5 acts, 15 performers, 82 attendees and 7 young volunteers all coming together for the best gig of the year so far.

Over the last month, we also took a crew of our young people to camp at Ngatiawa River Monastery. We played some fun games, the highlight being the amazing race which ended in Felix throwing up after trying to swallow a raw egg.

“Camp was a good opportunity to spend some time in silence / contemplation to get away from the busy noise of life, and explore spirituality and faith,” says Jenna.
Over Youth Week, we also hosted a Board Games and Quiz Night which was organised by young people and staff from Zeal Wellington and from Evolve Youth. We had an hour of board games then went into a quiz night and yes, there was a round purely about Marvel’s Avengers – congrats to Thayne for answering 95% of the winning teams answers!

On Thursday we partnered with Raukawa Community Centre, Strahtmore Community Centre, Wellington City Council, Eastern Southern Youth Trust to putt on community event in Taiaroa Park in Strathmore. We had basketball, music & other fun games which was so fun! Due to the wind, we unfortunately couldn’t get the BBQ started for the sausage sizzle we had planned, but keep an ear out as we will head back to have another BBQ soon!

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“We loved hearing about the passions of the young people attending the festival. The weather was cold and wet, but the young people still had such a great day, and we were happy to contribute to their enjoyment and safety.”

We were thrilled that young people of Wellington got the opportunity to be a part of Exhibition Coexistence, and that we could put on an entertaining event for this beautiful city.