Face Your Future 2019 was a HIT!
For the past 11 years, L’Oréal and Fostering Kids NZ have seen more than 500 care-experienced young people, aged between 16 – 18 years, come together for an inspirational two days designed to get them thinking about what they want to do once they leave school.
In the April school holidays, 50 very excited youth from Invercargill, Dunedin, Queenstown, Nelson, Wellington, Masterton, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Tauranga and Auckland met at the L’Oréal academy where the youth were welcomed by L’Oréal. Minister of Defense, Ron Mark delivered an inspiring talk on how ‘Anything is possible’. Ron Mark has an amazing ability to connect with care experienced young people because he was once in their shoes. Ron Mark’s speech enforces that they too can change their narrative, their path, their life journey.
Amanda Betts (ex model, youth mentor), Pieter T (singer) and Mana Dave (award winning hair dresser and salon owner) also spoke, giving the youth ideas, tips and strategies to help find the path they want to take. When we asked one of the young people what was the most important message she took away from Face Your Future she said “Never give up. You can do it if you try hard enough”.
After hearing from these inspirational speakers, it was time for the boys to head off to the “man cave” and for the girls to learn a little more about hair and makeup. You could see some of the girls’ eyes light up as they were given the opportunity to test an enormous range of products!
On day two participants met with a range of leading organisations offering skills and employment pathway programmes, including access to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce’s CadetMax initiative; The Warehouse’s Red Shirts in the Community programme; Kiwi Can Do’s residential construction skills programme; New Zealand Fashion Week’s volunteer opportunities and HITO (Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation) scholarships into barbering, beauty therapy and hairdressing.
“I wanted to be a makeup artist and when I left Face Your Future I still really wanted to become a makeup artist but I had a bigger view and picture of how to get to my dream job”.
Buses then took everyone to the L’Oréal Distribution Centre. The youth were able to tour the Distribution Centre – learning about how it runs, the different jobs within the distribution center, the wider L’Oréal company, and take part in a problem solving activity. The day finished with the young people receiving certificates, some amazing free product and Mr Whippy Ice Cream!!
Once again, Face Your Future was a huge success, leaving the young people with many things to think about. Seeds of encouragement, enthusiasm and confidence were planted and a new way of looking at the path their life might take was introduced.
“What we didn’t realise – there are plenty of other organisations out there in the world that are there to support us when we are in need. It was super amazing and I loved every single moment. Everyone was amazing and I think more kids should have an opportunity to attend this event as it is such an inspirational moment for all young kids”.
Who is Face Your Future for?
Face Your Future is open to teenagers, aged 16 – 18, in the care of caregivers or agencies that are members of Fostering Kids NZ.
It is designed for young people who will benefit from inspirational speakers and tutorials covering skills to succeed in the workplace and/or tertiary study.
It’s important to note, Face Your Future is not only for young people with an interest in the extraordinary work of L’Oreal NZ (although it is perfect for anyone who is!). Every year the team at L’Oreal NZ go to great lengths to ensure that the programme caters to young people with a wide range of interests and career ambitions.
When and where is it held?
Each year Face Your Future is held during school holidays. Participants are hosted by L’Oreal NZ at the L’Oreal Academy in Auckland’s CBD, their headquarters in Ellerslie and their distribution centre in Otahuhu.
What if I’m outside Auckland?
L’Oreal and Fostering Kids NZ pay for successful applicants’ airfares, accommodation and meals in Auckland. Fostering Kids NZ staff members will provide support for the two days and entertainment activities on the Thursday night. The youth need to be able to travel on their own to Auckland and take responsibility for themselves.
How do I register?
Registrations for 2020 will open soon.
If you’d like to know more – email Jennifer Kinsella, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Jennifer on 0800 693 323 or 027 501 0330