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Zeal Education Trust celebrates Taranaki launch

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Youth not-for-profit Zeal launches with a blast in Taranaki today, hosting a Mini-Paint Party in partnership with Waitara High School and with the support of NPDC.

Two hundred and fifty young people are expected to attend, where they will be covered in a kaleidoscope of colour to the soundscapes of local DJ Shaqsta.

Zeal is a national youth organisation that creates communities of belonging and creativity, supporting young people to find and shape a healthy identity and to know their innate worth.

The organisation, which was a finalist for Community of The Year in 2016, provides creative youth development services in five other regions and has been welcomed to Taranaki by the New Plymouth District Council and TSB Community Trust.

Project Developer, Luke Galley, is proud to lead Zeal’s work in Taranaki. "I’m so excited about the opportunity for Zeal to come alongside and empower the young people of our vibrant region. Already I’ve been encouraged by how many young people are keen to showcase their talent and play an active role in making Taranaki a home for young creatives."

NPDC Councillor Stacey Hitchcock said Zeal has been an NPDC community partner since 2016.

"Our young people are critical to Building a Lifestyle Capital and NPDC is now investing $100,000 to help ensure this important service is available in our district full time," says Councillor Hitchcock.

In its first year, Zeal will lean on its experience running safe and positive events for young people, through building a mobile Trailer Stage that delivers events in partnership with high schools and community organisations. The cost-effective model will create safe spaces for young people to attend events, showcase their talents and learn production and event management skills.

Zeal is currently fundraising $20,000 to complete the construction of the Trailer Stage. In the future, Zeal aims to open a youth development centre, providing a place of belonging where young people across the region can explore their creativity.

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