Nearly 200 young Kiwis have been inspired and supported by Youthline and Coca-Cola’s Good2Great workshops in Manukau, Oamaru, Palmerston North and Dunedin which have been designed to champion young people and focus on their personal development.

The feedback from the workshops has been overwhelmingly positive, says Youthline’s Chief Executive Stephen Bell.

 “We’ve had attendees telling us that it’s the best thing they have done, it was an amazing experience and they learnt a lot about both themselves and life. It’s fantastic to hear this feedback and we can’t wait to take the programme to other centres around the country.”

Musician Stan Walker is the ambassador for the programme and has been taking part in the workshops.

As part of the workshops the groups focus on planning and implementing projects in their local community.

Some of these projects have included anti-bullying campaigns, planning, designing and managing of public spaces, designing compliment cards and distributing to strangers, designing art-based identity projects and more. 

The programme is designed to support and champion young Kiwis.

Six more workshops will be held in Southland, Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Waikato and Northland with others to follow. Facilitated by Youthline teams, they offer a safe space for young people to share their challenges and ideas openly with peers while developing their problem-solving skills and confidence.

The four focus areas of the workshops are personal reflection, connecting with new friends, tools for social change and taking action in your local community. 

New Zealand musician Stan Walker is the ambassador for the Good2Great programme and has been taking part in the workshops, inspiring Kiwi youth with his experiences.

The workshops offer a safe space for young people to share their challenges and ideas.

In addition to the workshops, nearly 1000 people have downloaded the Good2Great free interactive app since it was launched in April. The app guides users through virtual scenarios which have been adapted from real situations identified by young people, designed to help them navigated some of the common challenges they may face.

Workshop participants take leftover food out into the community in Palmerston.

To learn more about the workshops, please visit: Youthline Good2Great