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We work with young women, communities, and people in the wider ‘system’ to create a world where more young women are flourishing.

To work towards a better future for young women, over the past year, we:

DeliverED our core programmes

PrototypED new ideas with young women

Understood and shared our impact

Drove change in the ‘system’

BuilT a more sustainable


Case study one
Prototyped a new national
leadership programme - Whanake o te Kōpara

Whanake o te Kōpara is a national programme that develops female leadership within the context of physical activity and wellbeing. This programme is being led by Shift and WISPA. Both organisations advocate for equity in the physical activity space (sport, exercise, recreation, fitness, play) for women and girls. The programme is co-designed through understanding the strengths and passions of participants, and enabling them to uplift and serve others within their communities.

15 kōhine (young women) aged between 19 – 25 years, from across Aotearoa were successful in being selected for the programme. Key criteria for their selection was:

  • Passionate about the connection between physical activity and wellbeing

  • Interest in growing their leadership confidence and abilities 

  • Limited opportunity to learn about leadership and/or participate in a programme

The programme covers a diverse array of topics including values, human-centered design, action planning, communications, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, courageous conversations and creative problem solving. The programme began online in late March 2021, followed by two kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) weekend wānanga in April and June (based in Wellington), with a third planned for early 2021 (due to the impact of COVID).


Outcomes: YW1, YW5, YW8, C3, C4, C7, C10

Each experience I am having on this programme is helping me feel more confident, connected and true to myself, and everything I am learning can be applied throughout my life - personal, professional and socially. Truly grateful!” - Participant, 23

Download the full report to read more about the Shift Foundation's mahi and the impact we are having on improving wellbeing outcomes for young women

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