Our History

1994: Jo-anne Wilkinson and Graeme Dingle meet with Kiwi icons on One Tree Hill – in the presence of about 100 people, including Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Paul Reeves, Wayne Walden, Pat Booth, Murray Deaker and Arthur Lydiard, Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne announce their intention to establish an organisation designed to impact positively on negative youth statistics in New Zealand

1994 - 1995: Consulting with Communities – Jo-anne and Graeme kayak and tramp 1200 kilometres from Nelson to Auckland, consulting with people and communities. Project K Trust established May 1995

1995 - 1996: Research and Development – Graeme and Jo-anne do desk-top research and trial formulae for evaluation of the programme

1996 - 1997: First Project K programmes trial in four diverse Auckland sites. Research and Evaluation team established

1999: First Community Partner established in Auckland (North Shore)

2000: Stars programme established and trialed in a South Auckland school. This becomes part of the Kaikohe Coalition – a coalition of HIPPY, Kiwi Can, Stars and Parenting with Confidence working together in Kaikohe. This initiative led to FYD’s Community Development Strategy (CDS) which is now being established in a number of communities throughout New Zealand.

          : The endowment fund, now called the Graeme Dingle Foundation (GDF) is established

          : Programmes are established in the Waikato

2001: Hutt Valley – introduces programmes to the region

2002: Canterbury – introduces programmes to the region

2003: Foundation for Youth Development is established as an entity

2003: Hawke’s Bay – introduces programmes to the region

2004: Bay of Plenty – introduces programmes to the region

2006: Kiwi Can programmes in 13 communities are incorporated under the FYD umbrella

        : Southland – introduces programmes to the region

2008: MYND programme is incorporated under the Foundation for Youth Development umbrella

2011: Marlborough – FYD introduces programmes to the region

2012: MYND Sibling Programme trialed

       : Five Auckland trusts merged into one

2013: Career Navigator is launched

2015: We celebrate our 20th anniversary

2016: FYD becomes the Graeme Dingle Foundation