Voyage For VOYCE: Solo Sailing a Figure 8 for Youth in Foster Care

$45,125 of $50,000 goal
Given by 350 generous donors in one year

Help Aotearoa New Zealand's youth in foster care go on the Spirit of New Zealand tall ship's 10-day, life-changing journeys!


American solo sailor, and former foster youth, Elana Connor (of Peregrina Sails), is sailing a Figure 8 voyage around Aotearoa New Zealand to raise funds for VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. These funds will enable the creation of a new scholarship program for youth in foster care to attend the 10-day youth development journeys aboard the Spirit of New Zealand tall ship.

Spirit of New Zealand journeys have been studied and proven to create a significant and sustained increase in resilience among youth who complete the programme. New Zealand's foster youth deserve access to experiences other young people have, especially the Spirit's life-changing journeys, which will provide them a pivotal opportunity to grow their self-confidence, teamwork skills, resilience, and personal aspirations.

By creating this fund, we will be expanding the horizon of possibility for foster youth, equipping and enabling them to realize their greater potential!

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is an independent organisation that helps to advocate for the over 6,000 young people young children living with whanau or foster families, all over New Zealand. VOYCE exists to amplify the voices of children in care and ensure that they are heard – so as to positively influence their individual care and to collectively affect change in the wider care system.

Codified in VOYCE's guiding Pou (pillars) are Rangatiratanga and Whai Pukenga: to build leadership among children and young people in care, and to help equip children and young people in care for their future. Together, let's create this new scholarship fund for care-experienced kiwi youth, and enable these young people to sail with stronger spirits into a future of infinite possibilities!

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About us

We are VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, which stands for Voice of the Young and Care Experienced – Listen to me. We believe children and young people in care need to be heard, and at the centre of all the decisions made about them.

Use of funds

All monies raised will fund scholarships for care-experienced young people aged 16-18 to attend the life-changing 10-day Voyages on the Spirit of New Zealand, helping these youth realize their potential and prepare for a future that's full of possibility.

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Fundraising Extended   19 July 2021


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toni on 14 Oct 2021
Thomas on 30 Aug 2021
VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

Thanks so much Thomas! We appreciate your support!

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Anne on 15 Jul 2021
Congrats on an inspiring talk at RNZYS!
VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

Thanks for the support Anne!

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Helen on 07 Jul 2021
VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

Thanks so much Helen! We appreciate the support so much!

VOYCE Whakarongo Mai
Andrew on 07 Jul 2021
Great talk at RNZYS - thank you
VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

Thanks Andrew!!

VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

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This page was created on 2 Oct 2020 and closed on 19 Oct 2021.