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Published: 7/11/2013

On Sunday 14 April, 25 Project K students from the Upper North Island were given the opportunity of a life time by Jump Start, to do a tandem sky dive at Parakai Airfield in Auckland. Read More...

Published: 5/28/2013

Multisport champion and five time Coast to Coast winner, Richard Ussher, is putting his favourite kayak up for auction to raise money for the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD).

Listed on Trade Me today with a $1 reserve, the kayak holds the fastest Kayak time in four of Ussher’s Coast to Coast races, helped him claim three Coast to Coast victories, and has been Richard’s main race boat since 2008.

The auction prize package also includes a once in a lifetime kayaking experience with Richard along with adventurer and FYD co-founder Graeme Dingle, a Subcard® loaded with $100 and lunch at the winner’s local Subway® restaurant with Ussher and Dingle.

“This kayak holds a lot of great memories and I couldn’t be happier that FYD will be benefiting from the auction,” says Ussher.  “It’s awesome to be giving to a charity that does such an incredible job supporting Kiwi kids to reach their full potential.  These might just be future Coast to Coast winners! ”

Subway® Restaurants, sponsors of Richard Ussher since 2008 and proud supporters of FYD, is hoping the auction will raise a generous amount for FYD and their charitable work.

“Richard is one of New Zealand’s most consistent top-performing athletes and we know there’ll be a fair amount of interest in his winning kayak,” says Senior Marketing Manager Subway® New Zealand, Rob Saunders. “At Subway® we believe it is important to give

Published: 3/28/2013


Leading child and youth charity, the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) has broken new ground with the launch of the Growing Great Futures - Whakatipu Tamariki Ora report this evening.

Launched at an event hosted at parliament by Minister for Social Development, Paula Bennett, this Infometrics report is a result of FYD’s move to provide evidence of their economic contribution to society. FYD is the first NZ charity to commission a report of this kind. Read More...

Published: 11/19/2012

Nineteen extraordinary young people were recognised for their outstanding achievements at the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) Excellence Awards last night.  Award winners travelled from all over New Zealand to gather at Government House for the premier youth awards, a highlight on the FYD calendar.

The FYD Excellence Awards, sponsored by DNZ Property Fund, acknowledge the accomplishments of outstanding young people, many of whom have made massive changes to both their outlook and direction in life says FYD’s CEO Marion Short. 


Published: 10/8/2012

The Foundation for Youth Development‘s (FYD) Career Navigator programme is already proving a success. Launched at Manurewa High School last Friday, employers involved with the pilot have expressed interest in working with the school and FYD to offer employment opportunities to their students.

FYD CEO Marion Short says FYD was very pleased with the results of the pilot at Manurewa High School and is looking forward to expanding the programme. “We couldn’t be happier with how Friday went,” says Short. “The possibility of placing Manurewa High School students in employment positions has exceeded our expectations and is a direct result of the bridging role Career Navigator can play between employers and students.


Published: 9/20/2012

The Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) is launching the pilot of their new Career Navigator programme at Manurewa High School next Friday. 

Career Navigator, a school-based ready-for-work programme, is designed to provide secondary school students with the information they need to make informed decisions about future employment.

The pilot programme launches at Manurewa High School, a decile two school where the transition to employment or further education is often a challenge for school leavers. Read More...

Published: 9/4/2012

The Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) believes that the increase of child and youth suicide related deaths in New Zealand is unacceptable and strongly supports a more collaborative approach across communities and organisations as recommended by Chief Coroner, Judge Neil MacLean.


Published: 7/26/2012

Auckland Airport today handed over the final installment of a total $59,000 donation to the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD).

The money was raised through a unique auction held by Auckland Airport in April which saw pieces of the Airport’s 30 year old Solari board flight displays up for sale on Trade-me.

The majority of the proceeds from the Auckland Airport Solari board auction was presented to FYD in May and has been used to directly support the foundation’s programmes in the South Auckland region, helping kids in this community ...


Published: 7/20/2012

New Zealand Tennis No. 1 Marina Erakovic is teaming up with Project K to grow a nation of great Kiwi Kids. Erakovic will be auctioning off a range of autographed tennis apparel from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the charitable trust, The Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) founded by Graeme Dingle. 


Published: 8/15/2011

Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) co-founder Jo-anne Wilkinson, has welcomed a new report looking at child outcomes in New Zealand, saying that although the findings are of huge concern, it shows clearly where improvement is needed.


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