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

$39,775 of $50,000 goal
Given by 325 generous donors in around 7 months

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. The multi-coloured sound waves in our logo visually represent the individual and collective voices of children in care, with the semi-circle shape symbolising connection and community. We believe children and young people in care need to be heard and their voices kept at the centre of all the decisions made about them. VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is a voice from children and young people in care, not an adult voice for them. We are community that connects children and young people who have been or are in care, and promotes their individual and collective voice so that they can influence the care system to meet their needs and realise their aspirations. Our whakapapa reflects a strong and unique partnership between young people, government, the philanthropic and non-government sectors. We believe that it is only in working together that the vision of building a community of positive, confident and capable care experienced young people will be realised.

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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Voyage for VOYCE extended!  18 March 2021

Posted by: VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

Kia ora from Auckland, where we're celebrating the awesome America's Cup victory for ETNZ with the rest of the country!

And maybe, just maybe, with the help of this scholarship, our care experienced young people will become the next America’s Cup boatbuilders, engineers, electricians, or sailors!

A huge thank you to all of you have supported Elana's Voyage for VOYCE so far, your individual and corporate donations mean the world, and will make such a difference for those care experienced young people who go on the Spirit of Adventure voyage because of your generosity with this scholarship fund.

Elana and Zia are on land in Tāmaki Makaura after relatively smooth sailing from Wellington to New Plymouth. You can see her updated sailing schedule on the Peregrina Sails website:

Elana has extended the Voyage schedule to ensure she can meet and connect with more young people and potential sponsors around the country, to spread the word about the life-changing Spirit of Adventure scholarship opportunity for young people in care. Her schedule for the next few remaining days are jampacked with speaking engagements to inspire other young people about sailing and also meet some more of the local sailing communities and discuss the Voyage so far.

We're past halfway with the target! Feel free to spread the word to get us closer to our goal! And a huge thanks for your generosity so far, you're all amazing!

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Latest donations

David and Lin
David and Lin 1 hour ago
stu 4 hours ago
fair winds always...
Members & Guests of Kawau Boating Club
Members & Guests of Kawau Boating Club 18 hours ago
Generous cash donations from Elana’s talk at KBC on Saturday afternoon. 💕🙏
Steph 24 hours ago
Chris 1 day ago

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