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Youth compete for $1500 worth of prizes at Zeal West

Over the month of May, we finished up our first intake of Gateway! In total, we had 4 Gateways running – Health Promotion, Art Design, Event Management and Audio Engineering.
On the 23rd May, we hosted a Youth Jam night. Young people from all over West Auckland performed, competing for $1500 worth of prizes. We had six performers audition, and took three of them audition and made it through into the finals. Chris Afoa and Liga Mo-Tofaeono were our judges. The day itself was a cool opportunity to have some live music in our space, and even some of our regulars got up and had a jam!
Versus Talent Quest ran on May 26th to end Youth Week 2018 on a high. We had 16 acts all from different high schools across West Auckland, and they were judged by our awesome panel of judges, Junior Soqeta, Chris Afoa and Tonez. There was a mixture of singers, dancers and bands.
I took a couple of youth to Wāhine Kakano Young Women’s Festival, and we had a mean time. Jacinda Ardern was the guest keynote speaker.

This month we farewell Matt. We are super sad. He will be finishing up with us in late June.

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Young people who need to be empowered, who need to be loved, valued and acknowledge as something that is of worth.

Thanks to The Trusts, Zeal West has received over $40,000 to go toward Zeal West venue costs and wages for our amazing youth workers.