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Kia ora Shifterhood!

What a year it has been!

It’s a little crazy to think 2018 is coming to an end already and that Shift is going into its fourth year of delivery in 2019.

This year, Shift has seen 7,238 ‘participations’ by young women at over 400 Just Shift It sessions across the region! Some of the most popular activities this year were boxing, Adrenalin Forest, rock climbing, mindfulness art, and yoga. We are in total awe of the young women that come along to learn, inspire, grow and move. You are our reason why!

We’ve had 226 new LeadHERs through the Shift LeadHERship programme, 46 people have attended Shift The Trend workshops and 149 young women attended EmpowHER 2018. Shift is now in five cities (and expanding in 2019) and works alongside 22 education settings.

We are forever grateful to all our funders and partners that have invested in us to empower young women in our communities through movement, wellbeing, and leadership. To our funders -  Sport Wellington, Ministry of Youth Development, Compass Health, NZ Community Trust, Wellington Community Trust and the U.S. Department of State through the  Global Sports Mentoring Programme - thank you!
Also, to our amazing delivery partners, who we could not do this work without, Ignite Sport, Wellington City Council, Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust, and Kapiti Youth Support - Thank you! We look forward to continuing our partnerships in 2019.

And finally, to all our readers and followers, thank you for all of your kindness and support over the year! We love you.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.

But for now, read on for the latest news: 

  • Wellbeing project - WEGC Refugee and Migrant Students
  • Shifterhood Story - "I love Shift with all my heart"
  • Just Shift It January Holiday programme
  • 2018 Highlights Report
  • Welcome Waiarapara!
  • Changes to The Shift Foundation Board

Arohanui. The Shift Crew xxx
From September through November Shift teamies, with the support of a range of organisations, delivered a dynamic wellbeing programme to an enthusiastic group of refugee background and migrant young women at Wellington East Girls College. 

The project started with a co-design session with the young women to figure out what their various wellbeing needs were. They were interested in a very diverse range of activities so we did our best to put together a schedule based on their requests. Yoga with our own teamie, Caroline, was popular as was Boxing with Simone, so much so that both of these activities were done twice during the 10-week programme. Voice Arts Trust also participated with lively improvisation and play that made us all laugh a lot! The young women learned about starting a social enterprise from Elisha Watson, founder of Nisa, an underwear label that employs former refugees. They honed their cooking skills with Yeshi, the founder of Mamia’s, an award-winning Ethiopian cooking sauce. Lots of dancing, moving and giggling was done at the Hiko Health & Fitness Zumba session and we wrapped things up with an inspiring vision boarding session with our own Allie. 

On the back of this bespoke and innovative programme, we would like to take a minute to thank Caroline for her energy and support over the last two years as a Shift Coordinator specialising in supporting the wellbeing of migrant and refugee background young women. We know this isn’t really goodbye, just a see you soon, as we know once a teamie, always a teamie! Thank you Caroline for your passion, big heart and supporting our learning to better meet and understand the needs of refugee background and migrant young women.

We love a good story!  Read our latest Shifterhood story from Olivia Rundle, aka former Shift Apprentice, aka super star!
She is one amazing young women making a difference and inspiring others. 
Olivia talks about how she became involved in Shift and how her experiences have impacted on her current life.

It's coming ... The Just Shift It January Holiday programme!!

It's gonna be off the hook - we've got laser tag, bubble soccer, rock climbing, beach trip and soooo much more.
Fun, free events for all young women, from 16-27th January.
Register now, so you don't miss out! More events to come.
January events
We have recently put together a highlights package for Sport Wellington, to show the impact of our 2018 KiwiSport funding. This funding goes towards the Just Shift It and Shift The Trend initiatives.

We'd love to share this with you too! It includes our 2018 numbers, what we're learning, challenges and a few stories from our Coordinators.
Check it out here
2019 will see a new partnership begin between The Shift Foundation and Masterton District Council to prototype Just Shift it and LeadHERship into new communities. Shift is really excited to work alongside a new partner to share the ways Shift works and to hear and understand the wellbeing needs of young women from more rural communities. We can’t wait to get started!
Finally, as the year comes to an end we would like to take this opportunity to thank Karyn Stillwell, Chairperson, for the time and energy she has given to The Shift Foundation over the past year. Karyn took on this challenge as The Shift Foundation was very much in ‘start-up’ mode and has volunteered countless hours of her time to getting us up and running as a Charitable Trust. Karyn has been involved with Shift since its inception and we can’t thank her enough for her support, trust and leadership. Karyn will be replaced by new Chair Robyn Cockburn. A founding Trustee, Robyn is a recognised thought leader and strategic developer. Working as a researcher, strategist, facilitator and educator in the sport, arts, education and recreation sectors. She is an agent of change, enabling girls and women to participate in the activities of their choice, and blazing a trail for women as leaders.
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