Auckland Kids Achievement Trust
(Trading as FYD Auckland)
p: 09 412 5844
m: 021 993 607
PO Box 604
FYD Auckland was formed by merging five existing trusts (North Shore Education Trust, Auckland Central Youth Development Trust, Manukau Youth Development Trust, Youth Development Trust Waitakere and Auckland Kiwi Can Charitable Trust) into one trust for more cohesive efficiencies and increased high level governance. Each "old trust" represented different regions of Auckland and have in some cases been in operation for over 15 years, delivering FYD programmes for children and young people throughout Auckland schools. As the Auckland Kids Achievement Trust we currently support over 6,500 children and young people through our Youth Development programmes.
To make a better Auckland through our young people. To collaborate with our communities and help to build brighter futures for our young Aucklanders.
Clendon Park, Finlayson Park, Koru School, Kelston Primary, Leabank Primary, Manurewa Intermediate, Manurewa South, Papatoetoe West ,Roscommon School, Sutton Park, Weymouth Intermediate, Manurewa West
Kelston Girls High School, Rutherford College
One Tree Hill College, Auckland Girls Grammar, Birkenhead College, Glenfield College, Northcote College, Otahuhu College, Tangaroa College, Kelston Girls College, Waitakere College.
Northcote College’s 2013 Project K group returned to the arms of their families in early October, proud and tired! As they stood in front of the families for the first time in weeks, excited Project K spoke of seeing Orca while kayaking and eating clouds at 950 metre summit of Mt Te Aroha as some of the highlights of the 3 week Wilderness Adventure. However, the common theme spoken by this very diverse group was solidarity.
While these students kayaked the Firth of Thames coastline, mountain-biked the Hauraki Rail Trail and tramped the Kaimai Ranges they battled the storms that late September threw at them. Adventure Works’ Mark Mandeno and his instructors saw this group bond through raging gales and horizontal rain to become the team that would support each other through some high moments and many tough times.
The students spoke of the many changes they had made. “I felt judged by society, like it was better than me. During Project K I started peeling back the layers and started becoming better at being me” and “it has also brought a leader out of me which I realised I didn’t have till Project K.” They also revealed some realisations they had made, “it makes me appreciate my Mum and my Nan a lot more and how they provide for me, which I now realise isn’t easy.”
But for this group it was all about the family they created. “My favourite thing about this trip would have to be the people I’ve met” said one student. Another gave the others the greatest compliment that can be given, “thank you for accepting me for me, thank you for all of the support you have given me and because you did that for me, you got to see the real me. I love you guys!”
Programme Coordinator, Tony Yuretich says “these young people whose only commonality was their school started as strangers and finished as new people belonging to the same family.” The group are now out on their Community Challenge. Here they will research the city and what it can provide for them, how they can access resources and make connections with community groups. The students will also take part in a Community Project, a student-led initiative which will see them design and organise an event that ‘gives something back’ to the community. The students will then commence their 12 month Mentoring phase.
Mentoring can be a rewarding and positive experience and it's such a great opportunity to give back to the community. Project K mentors are ordinary people that come from all walks of life. What makes them extraordinary is their commitment to support a young person to help them maximise their potential. Change your life and that of a young person, sign up to become a mentor today!
Project K Auckland mentor enquiries and registration contacts:
p. 09 412 5844
m. 021 420 959
For mentor training dates please click here.
Now in its 16th year, Kiwi Can Auckland remains totally committed to having serious fun! Using a playful, positive and purposeful approach, we address the grim issues facing young Auckland children. We combat bullying, truancy, lack of respect for authority and under achievement. Our talented team of Kiwi Can Leaders continue to make a genuine and lasting difference to thousands of children in Auckland every day.
2013 is another exciting year for the Kiwi Can programme in Auckland. Kiwi Can Leaders deliver high-energy and interactive lessons that contain a range of physical, mental and creative challenges. Each lesson is based on a theme which is decided by the school. The programme is designed to broaden and enhance the learning experience provided by the school system. Its focus is on making a change for every child in a school by:
- Encouraging children to develop a ‘can do’ attitude, a positive self-belief in their own capabilities. ‘Can do’ students are self-motivated, optimistic, and problem-solvers.
- Helping children to develop greater self-confidence.
- Providing a range of experiences & opportunities that encourage children to develop respect for themselves, each other, their school, family, local community and New Zealand.
‘Kiwi Can has had a huge impact in our school. This is our second year of participation. Kiwi Can has been without a doubt, extremely effective in achieving student engagement in our school. We have also noticed that our students have demonstrated a marked increase in their skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas: e.g. communication, working cooperatively to achieve group goals, social connectedness and in showing aroha and respect for others. Kiwi Can in our school is supporting the building of positive relationships, the creating of a very safe whole school encouraging environment where our students feel confident about “giving things a go”. Our students very much look forward to their weekly Kiwi Can lessons and we can see the difference that this is making right across our school in the way that students are interacting with each other.
Sue Dawson - Clendon Park School Principal
“Kiwi Can is one of the best and most awesome places you want to go to learn. In Kiwi Can I've learned to be respectful, helpful and most importantly responsible. I have been participating in Kiwi Can since I was 9 and this is my last year to learn from my Kiwi Can leaders and it is great opportunity for me to be the greatest that I can be from today and into my future. As the catch phase goes ‘Kiwi Can Says “To never give up when I’m so near. Keep on trying is what I hear. I've got what it takes to persevere!”
Kiwi Can student
Kiwi Can Jam
Kiwi Can Jam is an annual event that celebrates the amazing things about Auckland and encourages the kids to have the confidence in themselves to get up on stage and perform.
Kiwi Can Jam is an uplifting and heart-warming visual spectacle and is all about bringing the community together through music, dance and performance. Over 400 participants present items with their......Kiwi CAN DO attitude and show off their talent.
Check out footage from the 2011 Kiwi Can Jam here:
Over the past year Kelston Girls and Rutherford College students have been engaged in our Stars Peer Mentoring programme. Both 2013 Stars programmes have been hugely successful with more than 450 students from both schools graduating in late September 2013.
Kelston Girls in their second year as a Stars school, has seen approximately 125 year nine students complete the Stars programme, supported by 32 senior student Peer Mentors. Rutherford College, in their fifth year of Stars had more than 320 year nine students graduate this year with the support of 80 Peer Mentors.
To complete the Stars programme year nine students take part in classroom sessions with their senior student Peer Mentors. They attend an outdoor camp with their class and Peer Mentors and get involved with a community project. The community projects for 2013 included collections for refugees and also doing a community adventure.
At the end of each Stars programme in September a graduation assembly was held, where ‘stand out’ year nine students received a certificate from the Peer Mentors and teachers for their efforts in class. The ‘stand out’ Peer Mentors also received certificates from FYD for their efforts, attendance, enthusiasm and willingness to help.
To see some photos from Stars programmes please follow the links below:
Rutherford College - Annual Dragon Race
Rutherford College - Stars Camp
Kelston Girls High School - Stars Camp
Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters, funders and sponsors!
Auckland Kids Achievement Trust Merger
FYD Auckland was formed by merging five existing trusts (North Shore Education Trust, Auckland Central Youth Development Trust, Manukau Youth Development Trust, Youth Development Trust Waitakere and Auckland Kiwi Can Charitable Trust) into one trust for more cohesive efficiencies and increased high level governance.
Each "old trust" represented different regions of Auckland and have in some cases been in operation for over 15 years, delivering FYD programmes for children and young people throughout Auckland schools.
All five trusts were licensed under FYD NZ to deliver the various FYD programmes (Kiwi Can, Stars and Project K) in schools throughout Auckland. All programmes are independently researched and have reports that show positive outcomes. The licence to run the programmes is now held by the new trust "The Auckland Kids Achievement Trust" and all assets have been transferred to this new entity. With the merger there will be no change at all to any of the programmes delivered. We are delivering the same programmes in the same schools in the same areas using the same staff.
As you can imagine, the merger has been an enormous task and has been three years in the making. Merging into one trust will greatly improve the governance, management and operational cohesion. It also helps us to become a more effective body with economies of scale allowing us to reach more young people throughout Auckland. Merging will also reduce accounting, auditing and administration costs. We also have representatives from each of the old trust boards sitting on the new Trust to ensure continuity, along with Jo-anne Wilkinson FYD co-founder.
We will be trading as Foundation for Youth Development Auckland.