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And just like that it's winter and we are halfway through the year! How did that happen! The cold, dark weather isn't slowing us down, there has been heaps of cool stuff happening lately.

We have new Shift staff, we won an award (yikes!), we've delivered two LeadHERship workshops for senior students, our Youth Committee are working hard planning the next epic EmpowHER conference and so much more.

Pictured above is a group of awesome wāhine boxing it out together and having heaps of fun at Wellington Boxing Gym.

Read on for all the latest goss!

Arohanui. The Shift Crew xxx

Board Members and Staff from The Shift Foundation receiving the Community Impact Award for Just Shift It.
Pictured: Karyn Stillwell, Robyn Cockburn, Sarah Murray, Chloe Bryan, Fran McEwen

We are super stoked to be the 2018 winner of the Community Impact Award in the New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards! We won the award for our Just Shift It programme. This is the fun, free or low cost physical activity opportunities we co-design and coordinate alongside young women all over the region. Check out this video of Chloe, the Shift National Manager, talking about the programme!

We have sooooo many people to thank for this.

Firstly a huge thank you to Sport New Zealand for the award. To all of our awesome funders and partners, Ignite Sport, Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust, Kapiti Youth Support, Wellington City Council, Sport Wellington, Tū Ora, U.S Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program, Ministry of Youth Development, Wellington Community Trust and New Zealand Community Trust... we couldn't do this work without you! Thank you!

To the many organisations, businesses and collaborators that have been on this incredible journey with us.

To our AMAZING Shift Coordinators across the region that dedicate their passion, energy and fun to this mahi everyday.

But most importantly, to ALL the young women out there that we are learning from everyday, that constantly give us feedback so we can improve Just Shift It and ensure we are meeting your needs. Thank you for turning up, for being you and enabling us to do the work we love doing. This wouldn't be a thing without you! 

EmpowHER is back and registrations are open until Monday 25 July.

EmpowHER is a one-day conference created by young women, for young women aged 15-20 years.
There are loads of awesome opportunities to move, inspire and grow and a chance for young women to create their own journey through empowerment, with a diverse range of speakers and workshops to choose from.

9am - 5pm, Thursday 28 June at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

If you know anyone that would be keen to come along then please let them know, and it's FREE!

Find out more
This year we have iterated on the way in which we deliver our Leadership programme. This was based on feedback from students last year. Over the last couple of months we have run two LeadHERship programmes in its new 2-day format. We've had 80 senior students attend from secondary schools across the Wellington Region. 

LeadHERship allows young women to reflect on the leaders in their lives, work on values, communication and team work. A core foundation of the programme is bringing in awesome inspirational leaders to share their knowledge and mahi through different workshops and panel discussions. As always, there is plenty of physical activity, healthy food and social connectedness sprinkled throughout the day.

It's UNREAL! Watch out world, this is the future and these wāhine are absolute game changers.
We are excited to announce two new teamies to the expanding Shift team.

Tahi is the new Wellington City Shift Coordinator. She is from Whangarei and has spent the last few years at Waikato University completing a degree in Sport and Leisure Studies and a Masters of Health, Sports and Human Performance.

Tahi is passionate about anything sport, health and wellbeing related. She believes in the importance of making time for yourself and to do the things you love. To look after her own wellbeing, Tahi loves going for walks with friends, boxing sessions, high intensity interval training and cooking.

This is Tahi's third week with Shift and she is already amazed by how the Shift teamies collaborate across the region and work together, their appreciation of everyone's differences and strengthens, and the passion they all have for the young women they work with. She is looking forward to getting stuck in and meeting everyone.

Shift has partnered up with Kapiti Youth Support to deliver to young women in this community. Jessie is our Shift Coordinator in Kapiti.

Jessie has her heart and soul in the Kapiti coast, and spends her time exploring her back yard.  From biking in the Akatarawa hills to swimming off the Kapiti beaches, Hiking in the Tararuas and climbing up any wall she can find - Jessie loves the outdoors.

Her skills and experience with young people stretches over a decade from gymnastic coaching to KYS youth worker extraordinaire. A secret book worm, she has recently gone back to study to be a Social Work master. She also loves sushi.
We are running another Shift The Trend workshop on Monday 30th July!

Shift the Trend workshops provide a deeper look at the 2017 case study undertaken by Shift. This three hour interactive group session will take a 'what & how to' approach, provide Shift tips and tricks, practical examples and design principals we use. We will also allow space for specific Q & A time.

This workshop is a great professional development opportunity for anyone who works in the worlds of young women, physical activity, sport, wellbeing, programme development and more.

Click here to find out more or to register for the July workshop.
Questions? contact Chloe.

Sign me up!
Recently Hutt Valley High School held a school-wide Wellness Week. The idea was to create intentional moments of wellness for students and staff. Shift was more than excited to jump on board! Young people and wellbeing - doesn’t get more ‘Shiftie’ than that. Shift hosted a lunchtime yoga class and the junior Shift Leaders helped serve up wellness at the waffle breakfast. So awesome to see a school investing in the wellbeing of its rangatahi!

Lower Hutt’s Friday afternoon Just Shift It activities have also been rocking along. At the start of the term we took some time to reflect and dream with our vision boards. The photo rally week held lots of connection, movement and laughter. Beachball volley was a hit! We wanted to make it a movement activity that was fun, challenging and welcomed all skill levels. We’re looking forward to yoga with Yoga Rhapsody and a workshop from Girl Up Lower HuttKeep an eye out on the Shift Lower Hutt page for more info!

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