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About Foundation for Youth Development

We aim to inspire all school age New Zealand children to reach their full potential through programmes that help build self-esteem, promote good values and which teach valuable life, education and health skills. Current programmes include Kiwi Can, Project K and Stars. 

Our programmes have the potential to significantly benefit New Zealand through a youth population who are better educated, have enhanced employment prospects, greater self-esteem and are healthy and motivated.

A word from our Founders

Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne WilkinsonThrough our adventures and professional lives, we have learned the value of having a dream, setting goals, perseverance, teamwork and sound values to fall back on in difficult times.

These elements form the basis of the Foundation's work.

We are a lucky country with our wonderful outdoors, close communities and our determination to succeed. Our programmes utilise these attributes to enable young New Zealanders to find a sense of direction in their lives.

We have dedicated a substantial part of our lives to the development of children and youth and we invite you to join us. Your help is crucial to ensure that the next generation of parents, business and community leaders continue to develop the legacy of a positive and successful New Zealand.

Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne Wilkinson