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

Below is Shift's Outcomes Model, which shows the impact Shift is having on the young women directly, their communities and at the systems-level.


Our 2019/20 evidence-based interventions (see below and our Annual Report) link to the outcomes model, helping us map out the work that we do, and build our strategy where we need to push harder.


e.g.Central Government, relevant Regional and National organisations


e.g. Shift Coordinators; youth workers; council; relevant local organisations


aged 12-20 in the Wellington region

YW1: Social

More opportunities to actively participate in new/better ways in their communities

YW2: Physical Activity Participation

Access to quality physical activity experiences that meet individual needs

YW3: Co-Design Initiatives

Increased involvement in the definition and design

YW4: Engaged

Priority groups of young women are engaged in initiatives

YW5: Self-Efficacy

Young women have the confidence to express their ideas, engage in new positive experiences

YW6: Social Peer

Establishing positive social connections with peers

YW7: Social Role Models Connectedness

Establishing positive social connections with adults/youth workers

YW8: Wellbeing Oriented

Young women are more aware of wellbeing concepts and have an increased capacity for self-management

YW9: Leadership

Young women have opportunities for active leadership development

C1: Wellbeing

Knowledge gained of wellbeing models and practices

C2: Co-design

Uses participatory methods to design innovations that address needs

C11: Practice

Adoption of leading approaches and methods not previously used. I.e. behaviour change, collaborative practice, human centred design

C12: Aspirational

Enhanced motivation and commitment to the work,
and team

S1: Agenda Setting

Young women define issues important to them, to be acted upon by an organisation 

S8: Reflective Practices

Investment and commitment to testing, iterating and gathering feedback on practice, services, initiatives

S7: Sustainable Services / Infrastructure

Key activities and connections are being sustained

C5: Implementing Knowledge

Gained knowledge about evidenced-based approaches to changing behaviour and systems

C3: Relationships
and Reciprocity

Building new and strong relationships with local providers/partners that are mutually beneficial and assist with access to new forms of financial support or resources

C4: Teamwork

Creating new connections and collaborations to enhance practice

C9: Wellbeing

Increased capability to apply / teach / model wellbeing practices

C10: Innovating

Prototypes are co-designed, developed, tested - ready for wider adoption and evaluation

S2: Partnerships

System capability is built through new partnerships and collaborations

C6: Action Planning

Identified priority groups and developed a plan to address unmet needs 

C8: Engagement

Increased capability to engage more young women

C7: New Technologies

Adoption of new technologies to increase accessibility

S3: Practice Changes

Effective young women-focused and/or co-design practices are adopted or emphasised and seen to work

S6: Co-design

More young women/people involved in the definition and design of programmes and service

YW10: Youth Development

Young women have increased access to constructive and creative activities

S4: Interest In Building Capability

Increased demand for training and development

S5: Enhanced Evidence-Base

New knowledge about young women’s wellbeing is being developed and made explicit

2019 & 2020

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
Supported young women through a global pandemic

When Aotearoa New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown, we quickly pivoted to fully digital interactions to maintain our strong relationships with kōhine / young women.

We supported young women online through:

  1. Instagram Live chats and interviews with young women and other youth organisations

  2. Online physical activities and challenges

  3. A weekly wellbeing-themed eNewsletter filled with creative content from young women (2,079 ‘opens’ over 6 weeks)

  4. Digital wellbeing workshops (37 participants over 4 weeks)

  5. Celebrating young people’s creativity and voice during Ara Taiohi’s Youth Week


“I wanted to thank you for all you have done for the young woman in New Zealand during this chaotic time.” - Avin

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

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