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Youth Scholarship Fund

Ignite their Spirit of Adventure

Join the Scholarship Fund

Support our vision of the future – where youth are empowered to create brighter futures

Fund a Youth Scholarship or donate directly to our Scholarship Fund

“The Spirit does more than develop life skills, more than creating new friends, it saves lives. I know because it saved mine. Before the Spirit I had no way of coping, and it was a struggle to keep going. I truly believe that I may not have been here today were it not for my voyage.” A Trainee.

We believe all young kiwis should benefit from our world renowned programme, regardless of life’s circumstances.

Our 10 Day Development programme has been building generations of young kiwis with confidence, resilience and self-esteem since 1972. *

Now, more than ever, these life-skills are needed. NZ Ministry of Youth Research has found that too many young people are arriving at adulthood ill-prepared to contribute productively as citizens of New Zealand and future employees.

Our scholarship fund enables any young New Zealander to take part in and benefit from our programme.

You can choose to make an annual donation of $2400 per scholarship or donate directly to the fund.

When you choose to fund a full scholarship you can nominate a school who will identity and award a student scholarship.

Youth Scholarships help everyone.

Every year we strive to raise funds for those youth who would otherwise not be able to take part in Spirit of Adventure’s 10 Day development voyage.

This voyage has proven results for the participants. The key benefits for young people include an increase in their self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience as well as improvements in social effectiveness, cooperative team work, leadership ability, open thinking, seeking out quality and coping with change.

Youth Scholarships are a great way of giving back, and we give you a variety of tools to ensure your community are aware of the impact your contribution makes towards the youth in your community.

"I now have direction in my life ... all of this would not be possible without your contribution and I thank you.”

- TRAINEE

Join the Scholarship Fund

Get involved

When you fund full scholarships you can choose to have your donation recognised in the following way:

  • a Youth Sponsor's Banner for use on your emails and website
  • a Youth Sponsor's Banner for use on your emails and website
  • a link added to your website ...
  • support by the Trust of PR opportunities
  • letters of appreciation for your support from sponsored youth
  • ongoing communications about the Trust's work
  • the opportunity to meet other Spirit Youth Sponsor business
  • a private 'behind the scenes' tour of Spirit of New Zealand, for you, your staff, family or/clients.
  • a logo acknowledgment on our website
  • a personalised certificate of thanks
  • your Donation is fully tax deductible (you can claim up to 33.3% of charitable donations in NZ)

When you donate to the general scholarship fund you can choose to have your donation recognised in the following way:

  • a banner for use on emails and your website
  • a certificate of thanks
  • an impact report from the Trust with stories of the impact the scholarships have made on trainees
  • your Donation is fully tax deductible (you can claim up to 33.3% of charitable donations in NZ)
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