The Shift Foundation is a youth-development organisation that supports young women aged 12-25 years to lead their best lives. We do this by:


of health & wellbeing and enabling young women to respond to the opportunities and pressures in their lives


what it means to be a young women centered organisation, who honors

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and embraces diversity and inclusion


by inspiring and growing leaders to lead change on issues that matter to them

How We Create Change

We Support Young Women To Be More:

  • Confident - and comfortable in their self identity

  • Connected - with strong, trusted relationships

  • Empowered - have agency in their lives, on the issues that matter to them

We support people who influence young women’s lives to be more:

  • informed - about what works for young women

  • capable - to meet young women’s needs through their practice

  • inclusive - of young women in their decision-making processes

Our Approach

  • Whānaungatanga - build strong relationships

  • Co-design & collaborate - plan and deliver with young women and others

  • Create inclusive and fun experiences

  • ​Holistic - focus on the needs of the whole person

  • Empower the next leaders


The Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust (UHCYT) delivers the Shift programme in Upper Hutt. UHCYT creates healthy spaces and experiences to help young people discover their worth, see new possibilities for their future, and contribute positively to the community.

KYS (Kapiti Youth Support) delivers the Shift programme in Kapiti. KYS is a Youth One Stop Shop committed to providing the most effective services to meet the health and wellbeing needs of Kapiti youth. We’re passionate about providing services which truly make a difference and that means not only working closely with youth but also with families and the community.


We work with amazing people and organisations that genuinely care about what we’re trying to achieve and are committed to helping us achieve it. If you want to make a positive impact in young women's lives and aren't afraid to try new things, we'd love to hear from you.