JULY 2021




 Before Future Leaders Pharrah was on the benefit and wasn’t doing much with her days at home.  Since completing the Youth FOCUS programme Pharrah gained employment at McGrath’s Nurseries and working super hard for her family and herself and is loving earning money. 

Pharrah found having a youth mentor very helpful and found going through the Future Leaders programme made her a better person.  She also said that her confidence grew and she was able to get through things she thought she wouldn’t be able to.

She found her mentor Josh super supportive and helpful and pleased that Josh didn’t give up on her.  Pharrah enjoyed working with and getting to know everyone on the programme and really enjoyed the outdoor activities. 

“Whoever goes through the Future Leaders, do your best and be patient because at the end of the day your outcome will become the blessing of your life” – Pharrah  

Pharrah was a very shy, unconfident young lady who missed a lot of appointments, and rescheduled often. Her Mother had to come along with her for support every time. She only attended after being obligation failed.

Donna her Case Manager talked about how did she want her future to look like? She is young and needed to push herself to find what she was capable of and reach her potential.

She wouldn’t look at Donna, cried and just turned to her Mother during the whole interview. She was crying as she didn’t want to be referred, but the Case Manager knew Future Leaders would be amazing for her and her self-confidence, so referred her 

The person who arrived for her first appointment after attending Future Leaders Donna didn’t recognise! She walked on by herself, held her head high, looked Donna in the eye and outlined what she had experienced, and how through the course she found herself and feels very proud of herself, outlined her plan for her future.

She only attended 1 appointment before gaining employment at McGrath’s Nurseries where I believe she is doing very well! 

A huge transformation in her life thanks to Future Leaders!!!

 Feedback from Donna, Case Manager– Ministry of Social Development


JUNE 2021


Ned joined Future Leaders in December 2020. Future Leaders has helped Ned to transition from high school mode to work mode. Upskilling to transition into workforce mode was critical for him for to achieve success in obtaining a job.

Ned believes Future Leaders brings together similar and likeminded people. Through working together, the programme attendees build a bond and help each other out. Ned loved the tennis table and thought it was awesome for teambuilding and getting to know fellow programme attendees.

Before Future Leaders Ned felt comfortable receiving the job seeker benefit and did not feel the need to pursue a job or career.  Ned was informed about Future Leaders by his Ministry of Social Development Work Broker, and it was kind of a light bulb moment for Ned in starting to believe that he could achieve more.

After working with Future Leaders in March Ned started an electrical assembly role at TCS NZ Limited based in Hamilton.

I loved my experience with Future Leaders and have recommended it to heaps of people.  Since starting my new role I’m loving having financial stability and I’ve purchased a car”. Ned


MAY 2021


Hezekiah joined our Youth FOCUS Programme in February 2021 and worked with our Youth Coach, Manaia. Before joining Future Leaders, Hezekiah wasn’t actively looking for work and needed some help to get into employment. The programme helped him upskill in CV writing and interview skills. He found running through job interview scenarios beneficial and said that Manaia was approachable and that it was awesome to be able to ask his advice and help him achieve his goal of finding work.

A highlight for Hezekiah was the physical training aspect of the programme.

Hezekiah would recommend the Youth FOCUS Programme to anyone wishing to kick start their work journey. He further stated that the programme changed his life for the better and Manaia was really awesome and helped him a lot.

In April Hezekiah went for a job at Pak’n’Save and was offered the role at the end of the interview. Hezekiah started his job at Pak’n’save in May and is loving it.

“Before joining Future Leaders I wasn’t actively searching for work and didn’t have any goals in mind. Now that I have employment to keep me busy, I have set some new goals that I wish to work towards and accomplish”. Hezekiah


MARCH 2021


Shavaughn returned to New Zealand after spending three years living in Australia and joined our Future Leaders programme in May 2020.

During her time at Future Leaders our team supported Shavaughn to obtain her First Aid Certificate which ignited her spark to work in the medical field.  Cath was Shavaughn’s mentor throughout the programme and she found her to be welcoming, easy to talk to, supportive and helped her set achievable, realistic goals and goals that made Shavaughn happy.

“Moving back home, I was unsure, I did not have set goals and felt stuck. The Future Leader’s programme encouraged me to put myself out there, because you do not know what you are capable of until you try something new.” Shavaughn

Shavaughn said the key strengths of Future Leaders programme would be Whanaungatanga – how welcoming, understanding and the importance of building connections and positive relationships within the team.

Shavaughn would recommend our programme to other young people.  After completing our Youth FOCUS Programme Shavaughn landed a job in October 2020 working for a Maori Healthcare provider.  Through her job she is training to be a Whanau Manaaki (Health Care Assistant / HCA). As a Whanau Manaaki worker, she supports GP’s and Nurses and performs tasks such as community home visits, vitals/observations and taking blood from patients for blood tests. The importance of this mahi has given her a sense of purpose and she is happy to be able to give back and serve whanau in the community.

 Outside of work Shavaughn is studying Level 1 Te Reo Maori so she can connect more with whanau and she is also enjoying time at the beach learning how to paddle board.




Nuria joined Future Leaders in August 2020. Before joining our programme Nuria was unemployed for four months, very shy, had no confidence and did not enjoy social situations.

Joining Future Leaders has changed Nuria’s life. She really enjoyed her mentoring sessions with her mentor Cath. Nuria said that our staff made her feel very comfortable and good about herself very quickly.

Nuria has been working at New World for 5 months. She is incredibly happy with how far she has come, is feeling confident and now finds herself talking to everyone. Having a happy healthy working life has promoted a healthier active lifestyle with better eating habits, resulting in losing 15kg to date.

“Having someone believe in me, support me throughout my journey has been amazing, my confidence has grown dramatically. One of the things I learnt on the programme was mastering interview skills and CV preparation which empowered me to land my job at New World. I cannot believe how far I’ve come in only 5 months” Nuria

“We have worked with Future Leaders since 2019, I particularly like the structure and support the programme provides. Nuria is an example of a strong successful candidate:”  Bhavna, HR – New World



“I joined Future Leaders in August 2020. I attended a LSV seminar hosted by Work and Income and I was referred directly to Future Leaders by my Case Manager and did not attend the LSV programme.

I really enjoyed what the Youth Focus Programme had to offer, it got me into a routine. I learnt how to job search properly, how to write a proper covering letter and CV.”

Having a youth mentor was really good, I was kept in check. At one part of the course my attendance dropped but my mentor followed up with me and got me back on track. I felt accountable to my mentor and compelled to do well.

I enjoyed the structure of the programme. The programme was different as the mentors help you work on what you’d like to learn and achieve. The mentors made us think and plan our day, I was able to learn and develop self-leadership skills.

Before joining Future Leaders, I was a bit slack and unmotivated, receiving the benefit. I was happy enough gaming and hanging out with friends. Since attending the programme I have developed healthy life skills and I feel way better, having a job and a routine I feel like I have a purpose.  I’m enjoying getting out of the house, having a routine and earning money.”



Grace joined us in October 2020 from attending LSV.  Grace is a talented semi-professional basketball player and was part way through a basketball scholarship in the USA when the Pandemic cut her scholarship short and she returned home to New Zealand and went onto the Job Seekers benefit.  Grace’s life changed overnight however she remained motivated to find work but found it was difficult to broaden her horizons and had to temporarily put aside her passion for basketball and that life she had planned.  In January we received amazing news that Grace secured a Call Centre role at the Ministry of Social Development. 



Callan is an LSV graduate who joined us in October 2020. Callan joined us with interest in event planning, customer service or hospitality. He completed our Work Preparation Module and has been actively job seeking with the support of his Youth Mentor JP. Callan also wanted to pursue a career in acting, and was keen to take part in some theatre auditions, however he was wary that his career options were limited in such a competitive industry. Callan was encouraged by his mentors at Future Leaders to chase his dreams and attend the auditions. Callan has realised the networking benefits of going to the auditions and is hopeful an opportunity will arise in future. Whilst applying for work, Callan took it upon himself to do some voluntary work experience teaching at Maoribank kohanga reo. He gained some valuable knowledge, skills and experience to increase his employability.

Callan’s hard work paid off when he secured an interview for a service coordinator at Home Care Medical Limited for the Maori Bowel Screening programme. He really impressed the interview panel and was offered employment which started on the 23 November 2020.


JUNE 2020


Chayill joined our programme in June after finding herself unemployed because of Covid-19.  Her qualifications were in hospitality and there were limited opportunities in that Industry. 
Future Leaders supported Chayill in achieving her Learners Licence and we are continuing to support her driving lesson goals with Chayill undertaking driving lessons so she can sit her Restricted Licence in the near future. Chayill also gained her forklift license with our assistance.  
Chayill commenced work at Greenlea Premier Meats as a packer in August. She is really enjoying earning money and has set herself up with a savings account so she can buy herself a car and do some traveling around New Zealand..


JUNE 2020


Sarah joined us in June 2020 and successfully interviewed for a temporary role at Hamilton City Council in a gardening/labouring role. She soon proved that she was a great worker, so much so that at the end of the 4 month temporary contract, Sarah was asked to stay on to help with other projects. At the end of the additional 6 weeks, and two weeks after finishing with the council, Sarah had a trial with Filter and Flue who are maintenance contractors at Waikato Hospital, and is now a permanent employee with them. Her work ethic, reliability and adaptability to different work situations are her key assets. Her long term plan is to study zoology at university, but for now she is focused on growing her confidence in the world of employment.  


MAY 2020


“Dusharn joined the Future Leaders Youth FOCUS Programme in May 2020. The nationwide COVID-19 lockdown had just ended and Dusharn had no idea about what he wanted for his future. After several sessions with his mentor, Dusharn uncovered his creative side and showed skills that he had in photography. Dusharn hadn’t pursued this career path before because he was unsure if he was able to make a good living out of photography and working for himself. With encouragement from Future Leaders, Dusharn gained motivation and became determined to do what he enjoys and is good at. He subsequently enrolled in the Te Ara Pūtake – My Academic Pathway course at Wintec, opting for the Creative Arts Module. This is a foundation course which will enable Dusharn to develop his skills and continue his studies to begin a Bachelor of Communication degree in 2021. Dusharn’s long term ambition is to become a professional videographer in the music industry. Dusharn has received excellent feedback from his tutors at Wintec. He is described as polite and respectful with a positive attitude. His Future Leaders Mentor Catherine has helped him to transition into study with ease and also navigate the study link process which is often overwhelming for lots of new students. 

“Future Leaders helped me to realise that I can achieve my dreams. The ongoing support has been fantastic and they even hooked me up with a professional videographer who I can volunteer with and shadow on his future projects!”




 Nat”Natasha joined the LSV Graduate Programme in December 2019 after graduating from her six-week LSV course at Trentham. Natasha came to Future Leaders wanting to join the New Zealand Defence Force. She put in an Army application early on whilst attending the Work Preparation Module, however Natasha was told that the next intake was several months away. In the meantime, Natasha submitted several job applications in the retail industry, as her plan was to work as much as she could before transitioning into her Army career. She was successful with Rebel Sport, securing a part time role. Natasha did very well at her NZDF interview and she was selected to attend the Regular Recruit Force RRF 399 in August 2020 as a Combat Driver within the Army. Natasha and Future Leaders are incredibly proud and excited about the journey she is about to embark on. Natasha is grateful for the help and support she received from her Youth Employment Mentor Manaia. She was glad that she was able to follow her own dreams and pursue a career she has always wanted. Natasha thanked Future Leaders for helping her focus and stay on track after she graduated from her LSV course. What she loved the most about the Future Leaders Programme was the fun and welcoming environment that the staff and other young people created. 

Natasha has experienced lots of success since graduating her LSV course and she would highly recommend Future Leaders to other young people.

“Whether you already know what you want your future career to be, or if you are struggling with knowing what you want to do, Future Leaders can help you put a plan in place to achieve success and reach your goals. It would have been so easy to fall back into old habits being away from reality for six weeks on the LSV course, but my mentor really encouraged me and helped me to get into the NZDF which I’m so excited about!” Natasha



Shaun joined our Future Leaders Youth Focus Programme in October 2019 after graduating from the LSV program. Since attending our programme and working with mentor JP, Shaun has gone on to start a successful career in security.

Shaun said that the best thing about Future Leaders was that the mentors really helped guide him into the right direction for educational courses and employment. He further stated that he set goals and gradually took the right steps to get the right job. 

Early this year Shaun commenced his career at Simply Security. Shaun loves his job at Simply Security and his life has changed for the better. While a lot of people were worried about job security during the COVID-19 lockdown he was asked to work more hours and was kept busier than ever. Shaun recently popped by to see JP his mentor and reported that he is now engaged to be married and has purchased a new car.   For the team at Future Leaders we are thrilled to learn that Shaun’s thriving in both his work and personal life.

Shaun said he would recommend our program to young people because they are guaranteed to get positive results from this course. He said that it definitely helped me and I know for a fact it will help change a lot of young people’s lives.

“The best things about future leaders is having excellent mentors that are willing to help young adults find employment. They are very understanding and helpful. ”  Shaun Hawkins



Jazmine joined Future Leaders in October 2019 after graduating from her six-week LSV course at Whenuapai Airforce Base. Jazmine arrived wanting to find a job in administration but was also keen to explore her options. She had applied for several jobs in the past, but was unsuccessful due to the level of competition so she was very grateful for the mentoring service that Future Leaders provides. Through connections of our Youth Mentors, Jazmine gained employment as a labourer with AGA Construction in November 2019. She worked Full Time for around 3 months until she had to move up to Auckland to look after family. Jazmine then secured another job at a Motor Lodge in Auckland where she worked throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period to support her family.

In May 2020, Jazmine was able to return to Hamilton where she gained part time employment as a support worker for Te Awhi Whanau Charitable Trust. She works in Mental Health & Addictions and she is enjoying all the learning and experience she has gained so far in the role. With the encouragement to achieve her goals, Jazmine also enrolled onto a Level 3 Business Administration course at Vision College where she is studying full time. Jazmine has received some excellent feedback from those who have worked with her and her positive can-do attitude makes her the perfect young role model to others!



LSV Graduate Tamara joined our Future Leaders Programme in October 2019. Tamara maintained an excellent work ethic throughout the Work Preparation Module and she successfully secured employment at Taylor Prestons (Meat Distribution Factory) within weeks. Tamara’s mentor JP kept in regular contact as she had no previous work experience. Tamara initially found the work very difficult and she was open and honest enough to communicate this with her mentor and employer. After some lengthy mentor sessions encouraging Tamara not to quit, it was arranged for Tamara to try some work in a different department, the offal and boning room. Tamara showed incredible determination and persistence through this transition and as a result retained her employment where she still works to date. She is very happy with her decision to move departments but continue working at Taylor Prestons. 

Tamara has received excellent feedback from her employer who is impressed with her attendance and positive attitude. Tamara is extremely grateful to have been involved with Future Leaders. She has huge thanks to her mentor JP for helping her get her very first job. Tamara was amazed at how quickly she gained employment after graduating from her LSV Course. She felt as though she learnt lots of useful skills which enabled her to enter and stay in the workforce. 

MAY 2019


Future Leaders began working with Axton in May 2019. Axton came to Future Leaders in Hamilton after graduating from his six-week LSV course. Axton’s main goals post LSV were to become more confident, lose weight and gain employment in customer service. Axton applied for several retail jobs and within weeks he had an interview at New World Rototuna. He was successful and made a great impression on management which lead to Axton starting work in June 2019. Axton’s new role was part of the Mana in Mahi scheme where he was able to gain a Service Industry qualification within his employment. He has achieved lots of success over the past year and received fantastic feedback about his performance. Axton is thriving in his role and with enhanced confidence he now has his sights set on a leadership role within the same company! He has been working at New World Rototuna for 12 months now and he feels like a valued member of the team. In relation to his weight loss journey, Axton has joined a gym and he incorporates exercise into his daily routine. He has proudly achieved all of his goals that he came to Future Leaders with and he wants to continue his healthy lifestyle to inspire others.



Cameron joined Future Leaders LSV Graduate Programme in 2019. Cameron secured employment at New World in Hamilton and then decided that he would like to study in 2021 and relocate to Christchurch. With his Mentor Catherine’s support, Cameron successfully moved to Christchurch in February and due to his hard work and reliability, he managed to get a transfer at New World to another branch in St Martins. Cameron plans to work as much as possible for the rest of this year in preparation for his study commencing next year. He worked the entire lockdown period and he is enjoying his new found independence. 



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