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Zeal Wellington’s biggest year ever for programmes

A shot to thrive

After 2020’s successes Zeal Wellington kicked off the year with our Barista course. Every term 10 new students are tutored in the art of coffee making, given paid barista work experience, one on one mentoring, and offered NCEA credits.

Ramping up in term 2 & 3

Photography, Event Management, Live Sound, and the continued Barista course were in full flight. Both terms students delivered epic events, including an end-of-term party with 100 attendees, an alert-level-friendly acoustic event via Instagram live and a quiz night. We’re so proud of their collaboration and ability to adapt to a changing environment!

Persevering through lockdowns

Young people were resilient and continued sessions over zoom, engaging with youth workers and tutors. We’re so proud of our whānau of youth workers and tutors for doubling down on our mission during challenging times!

It’s made an impact in my confidence, talking with new people, and trusting myself more. I also value these things I have learnt from barista. Not only that, but I can make a pretty good coffee as well.

My highlight this year was watching young people grow. I love watching the journey from when a young person starts a programme to when they finish. Some might feel anxious and shy but at the end of it they’re leading the space and getting it done.

What’s coming for 2022

It’s time to shake things up in the capital for 2022.  Beat Making, Rap and Hip Hop are coming to programmes in 2022. Watch this space!

Special thank you

To Ministry of Youth Development and Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund, for their massive support in 2021. Many thanks also to Ngā wāhi Auaha Creative Spaces Fund for funding our new 2022 programmes and to Wellington Community Trust for your ongoing support.

Want to get amongst?

If you are keen to get involved, or know someone who would benefit from these programmes, hit us up below!