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New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) grant supports Zeal Kāpiti and Taranaki to empower more rangatahi 

Zeal successfully received funding from NZCT to support our team of youth workers at Zeal Kāpiti and Zeal Taranaki. This means youth workers will be able to reach a greater number of rangatahi, helping them build confidence in their self-worth and live purposefully within the wider community. It will provide young people with access to transformative spaces and experiences that nurture their self-worth and foster a sense of belonging. 

Thanks to NZCT support, Zeal is able to extend opportunities to a greater number of young people through a $19,896 grant.

The last couple of years have been very challenging for our rangatahi.

The impacts of Covid have resulted in an increase in young people experiencing greater negative mental health challenges such as anxiety, stress and depression, with many having not returned to school or chronically absent from school post lockdowns. With cost of living increases many rangatahi that we support are navigating very challenging home environments where basic practical needs are unable to be met. 

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“Daily (especially first thing on a morning) we have rangatahi arriving on our doorstep with significant needs. We currently have young people that are at our afternoon hangs and programmes that are homeless and others who don’t have their basic needs met. To be able to increase support for our team will literally be life changing for these amazing humans, who through no fault of their own find themselves in these heart breaking situations.”

Read what rangatahi have to say.

“The staff are amazing at Zeal. Very supportive, patient, always happy and are always wanting to provide us with so much learning opportunities to better ourselves no matter what and know that it takes a while to get better.”
“I found Zeal when I was lost in my high school years and it's given me opportunities ever since then, and continues to show me new avenues and ways I can develop my career and my care within myself.”
“I don't have a bad attitude when I go home unlike when I use to before I came to Zeal and am doing better as a person now.”
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A huge thank you to NZCT

Your grant means we can deliver higher-quality programming and support for more young people.