As we usher in the final term of 2023, it’s an ideal moment for us to look back on some highlights from the last term. I’m excited to share some of Zeal’s standout moments with you.
One Good Kiwi celebration
In the month of August, we competed for a share of $100,000 through One Good Kiwi. A massive thank you to those who voted for Zeal, you helped us win a total of $21,264.69. A huge thanks to One New Zealand for the epic opportunity to make a significant impact on young people.
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Girls' group retreat
Thanks to funding, we can offer dinner for young people in our Nights hangs space every Friday night. In 3 months, we’ve fed 15-20 rangatahi per night, many of them may not get meals at home. We gather for dinner, fostering connection and seeing vulnerable young people return with friends.
Boys' mentoring group
During term 3 we ran 4 boys’ mentoring groups at Rongotai College, Naenae College, St Patrick’s College and within our centre. Here we provide rangatahi with support and connection through activities including fishing, creative writing and basketball. The backing from school leaders and principals has been a standout, and we’ve enjoyed seeing young tāne grow within these groups.
Expanding our reach and impact
This term we’ve hosted a total of five school visits, started our leadership and event managerment programme at Waikanae school, hosted 2 Musicians’ Lounge events bringing in 158 rangatahi and supported 4 community events including the Kāpiti career expo. This enabled us to connect and reach more young people than ever before.
Celebrating youth achievements in programmes
During this term a total of 92 young people participated in Kāpiti programmes. These saw many young people gaining new skills in barista, photography, dance and live sound, and some achieving NCEA credits.
Connecting with the community
We invited local businesses in our centre to discover more about Zeal. This event was hosted by young people and included music, beverages served by barista students and young people sharing their experiences at Zeal. This event was a total success with 82 attendees, and we look forward to fostering ongoing partnerships with local businesses in New Plymouth.
230 young people at The Ariel Project event
A group of Zeal young people have created The Ariel Project, with the aim of organising events for young musicians. They started off with a bang by hosting their first event at Zeal including 5 bands and a whopping 230 young people attending, blowing away everyone’s expectations. The group are currently organizing their next event and we’re excited to support them to achieve their goals.
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Connecting with rangatahi during the school holidays
During the school holidays, we ran epic activities at our centre and nearby spots like Parrs Park and Royal Reserve. 100 young people attended, and for some it was their first time at Zeal. It was a total success and we’re looking forward to continuing to connect with these new young people.
Empowering opportunities for young people
20 young people performed at our end of term showcase which included students from the hip hop dance groups, vocal performers and musicians. One stand-out moment was witnessing the performers transform from feeling hesitant before performing to a sense of empowerment as they came off stage.
140 rangatahi at laptop refurbish-a-thons
Our West Tech programme has now expanded into 5 local West Auckland schools. We just gave away our 200th device and we’re gearing up to host over 140 young people at our laptop refurbish-a-thons in term 4, where young people will learn the skills to repair laptops.
A huge thank you to all our supporters. With your help, we were able to reach more young people and create transformative experiences for them to enjoy. We’re looking forward to term 4 and everything it will bring.