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Meet the family: Hayley Rosser, Wellington Youth Work Intern

‘Meet the family’ is a new series where we talk to Zeal staff all around the country to find out what makes them tick. Stay tuned for more coming soon!

Hayley Rosser is Zeal Wellington‘s freshest member of staff (as in, the newest and the styliest). After first discovering Zeal through hardcore shows, she got involved with us after moving to Wellington and quickly became one of our youth workers. We had a chat with her about TV shows, NZ music, and dogs (of course)!

How did you first get involved with Zeal?

Hayley: I was first introduced to Zeal by going to hardcore shows located in the Zeal West Art Room. I honestly didn’t know much about what they did for young people, apart from being a music venue, until I moved to Wellington. I started selling shirts to raise money for a friend battling cancer at Zeal gigs, where I met tonnes of awesome young people. Once I learnt what Zeal was doing, I fell in love with it and the hearts of the young people while hearing their stories. I quickly realised that I wanted and needed to get more involved in what Zeal was doing.


What does your typical day at Zeal look like?

Hayley: One of the best things about working for Zeal is that it’s different every day. A typical day is hard to answer because a typical day at Zeal doesn’t exist – and I hope it never does, because I love it that way! Across the week I’m involved in running our Girls’ Group every Tuesday, after school’s programme every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, supporting young people through our Gateway programme every Friday, and any events that are happening during the weekend.

What do you do in your spare time?

Hayley: I watch a looooot of Rupaul’s Drag Race or anything that involves drag queens. I enjoy going to boxing classes and getting out in nature as much as I can. 

What are some epic moments you’ve had during your time at Zeal?

Hayley: Eating pizza with 10-12 empowering and inspiring young females in my living room after Girls’ Group, seeing the constant positive change, and the countless times I’ve heard young people call Zeal a home where they feel a strong sense of belonging.

What’s some advice you would pass on to someone wanting to become a youth worker?

Hayley: Be the change you wish to see. Get equally frustrated and inspired by the many systems letting young people down. Be willing to fight 24 hours of the day, 365 days of the year for those who feel unheard, unloved and ignored. Be brave. This can be a tonne of fun. And believe in yourself.

What are you most excited about in your future?

Hayley: Getting my Bachelor in Youth Development really excites me – and being stable enough to have a dog, of course.

Who are your favourite NZ bands right now?

HayleyFortunes, Too Late, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Hedge Fund Trader. A good mix of kiwi music. 

We are always looking for passionate, creative misfits to journey with us. If you’re keen to join the Zeal family, keep an eye on our Jobs & Internships page, where we post all of our current openings!