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!
Go to https://voyce.org.nz/voyage/ to find out more information about VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai.
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.
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.
Thanks so much Thomas! We appreciate your support!
Thanks for the support Anne!
Thanks so much Helen! We appreciate the support so much!