What We Do

Positive outlook, positive future

Remember when you were a kid. Life seemed full of possibilities. So why should that attitude change? Young people today need to be encouraged to stay positive, aim high, go for their dreams, and make the most of their unique talents.

That's us right there, cheering them on.

The Graeme Dingle Foundation is a child and youth charity founded by Sir Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne Wilkinson in 1995 as the Project K Trust. The Graeme Dingle Foundation is a leader in the field of child and youth development, running several successful proven programmes – Kiwi Can, Stars, Career Navigator, Project K and MYND.

Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes use elements of the great outdoors, inspirational classroom leaders and world-class mentors to help kids, from age 5 to 18, keep on track, develop confidence, build resilience and self-belief, set goals for the future, and contribute positively to society.

With New Zealand’s stunning outdoors and close-knit communities as the backdrop, Graeme Dingle Foundation’s programmes build on young people’s talents through physical and mental challenges; developing core life skills and helping them achieve their potential.

The ‘Growing Great Futures – Whakatipu Tamariki Ora’ report prepared by Infometrics, showed that every dollar invested in Graeme Dingle Foundation’s programmes is expected to result in a long-term benefit to New Zealand of $7.15.  Graeme Dingle Foundation’s programmes change lives and are informed by best-practice research.

The Graeme Dingle Foundation has been successfully partnering with communities and schools for over 20 years.  Our programmes are delivered across New Zealand by licensed community trusts, this year we've already helped over 24,000 Kiwi kids.

Making a difference

Doing good is one thing. Being able to track the difference we make is another. Through extensive, ongoing research we know for a fact that Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes;

  • Improve attitudes and behaviour
  • Improve academic results
  • Help young people set and achieve their goals
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Reduce truancy rates and at risk behaviours (eg substance abuse)
  • Help young people feel more positive about the future