We’re taking a moment to celebrate the end of a successful term at Zeal. We feel proud of our impact in the community and the hard work of our staff across Wellington, Kāpiti, Taranaki, Hamilton and West Auckland, in providing programmes and support that cater to the needs and interests of youth.
We’re excited to share more about the wins and highlights over the term.
Mentoring young people
Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Youth Development Youth Worker Pilot programme, we are pumped to announce that youth worker Kathy has taken on a new full-time mentoring role. This enables her to establish deeper levels of support and one-on-one connections with young people, resulting in positive outcomes and a new dimension to Zeal Hamilton’s work.
We’re excited to continue building on our successes and creating even more opportunities for our community to come together through upcoming programmes and events such as Siva Samoa, a new cultural dance programme led by our two new Zeal youth workers.
Supporting rainbow young people at Out in the City event
We hosted a hangout space at Out in the City event where youth could relax. A huge highlight for us was connecting with new young people and parents of rainbow youth to share what Zeal is about. We couldn’t have done this without the support of InsideOUT and we’re proud of the deep connection we have made with them.
This term we’ve seen 10 young people successfully complete our barista programme. A huge highlight is always seeing young people grow in confidence. This term was no different as we celebrated their end-of-term graduation with families and external supporters who were so proud to celebrate their young people.
This year we’ve teamed up with two/fifty-seven, an organisation that has offered their space for Zeal’s barista trainees to take their expertise to another level.
Youth events in Kāpiti
We’re happy to announce the 20 week Akonga course, aimed at equipping 20 young people with barista skills and work experience, has been extended into 2023 thanks to the Ministry of Youth Development.
Alternative Education student passing Level 1
Due to high demand and success, we are now running two Empowering Young Leaders’ Day events. Here young people from New Plymouth gather for a day of inspiration, fun, and connection.
Zeal West Auckland
140 young people had their say on the Auckland budget
We organized a successful event with The Western Initiative, Ranui 135, and E Tipu E Rea to encourage our community to speak out against the Auckland Council’s impending budget cuts, resulting in 140 young people submitting their opinions, which are now under review.
We are seeing new schools sign up to our programmes which will extend our reach. We have new events to run and a new intake of mentees and youth leaders to induct. In short, this coming term is set to be BIG.
A massive thank you
To all our funders, supporters and especially young people for making term one epic!