One of the most important things we do here at Zeal is our creative Programmes – school-term long courses where rangatahi have the chance to explore their passions outside of the pressures of school. Over the past six months at Zeal Hamilton, we’ve seen how the power of creativity can bring people together and turn passive consumers in to active contributors.
For the past two terms, Zeal Hamilton has been facilitating classes in Barista, Event Management, Photography, and Screenprinting. Our passionate tutors are sourced from the community, with our Screenprinting tutor heading up Zeal’s newest social enterprise, Ward Lane Print Co.. Starting at just $50, teenagers from all over Hamilton can sign up to learn how to make the perfect coffee, put on a successful event, take professional photos and make their own t-shirt.
Our Screenprinting Programme kicked off for the first time at the beginning of Term 2, after a few one-off workshops were piloted with students from local high schools. Five teenagers are currently in the course, learning how to prepare screens and transfer ink on to their own apparel.
Headed up by local photographer
Ash Muir, our Photography Programme also sees help from Kieran Stephens, one of our young people that has gone through the course before (and a recipient of Hamilton City Council’s 30 under 30 award).
Heading in to Term 3 of this year, the Hamilton team is looking to expand Programmes to include classes in Audio Engineering, Songwriting, and Recording. If you (or someone you know) would be keen to sign up, have a look at our Programmes page for more information.