Zeal Wellington kicked off 2021 with a new photography programme to support Pasifika families and communities to unleash their full potential and have the best possible health and wellbeing. Term 1 kicked off in Porirua Alternative School, followed by City Alternative School. We then worked with Kickstart Youth Centre for terms 3 & 4.
Overall 40 young people have taken part in the 10 week course throughout 2021.
How we rolled
Each week we focused on a new theme. Young people were able to express who they are and share their lens on the world through their photos. It was powerful for youth workers to connect with young people through their images while running mentoring groups and one-on-one sessions. Each week we adapted to suit the needs of each young person and we gave them room to create. One day we drove the young people around their hood to take photos. They shared personal spaces like where they hang out with friends and where they call home.
End of term Gallery
Each term we celebrated the students’ mahi by creating a gallery of their work. Friends, family and the wider community were invited to the celebration. The gallery nights were a total success. Parents were blown away at the skills and creativity their children had shown.
Check out some of the students' photos below
The term 3 lockdown was a massive challenge. Students took photos at home with phones or whatever they had, sent them in and told us why. We connected via DMs, Zoom and SMS. DMs were an easy way to share photos back and forth and enabled authentic connection. We’re confident things are set up well for future lockdowns.
Term 4 and 2022
Watch this space! We’ve continued in Term 4 and will keep going in term 1 2022 alongside Kickstart youth’s female group.
A heartfelt thank you
Massive thank you to Le Va Pasifika Suicide Prevention Community Fund Initiative. With your support we’ve been able to connect and journey with more young people.
Thank you too, Kickstart Youth Centre, Porirua Alternative School, City Alternative School and Praxis New Zealand.
To all students who participated during the Lupe photography programme, you all have incredible mana and we’re so proud of you!
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