Show tamariki what’s possible

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Share your story and help broaden horizons for children and young people


Your small commitment could make a big impact

Inspiring the Future is an exciting programme that’s taking place at schools across Aotearoa.

At an Inspiring the Future event, tamariki and rangatahi get the chance to kōrero with role models from their own communities who do regular, everyday jobs – people just like you. It’s a great way for them to learn about different careers and why people love doing them. And it’s easy to take part – if you can talk about what you do, you can be a role model.

Inspiring the Future can be life-changing for tamariki and rangatahi, and it can be life-changing for you too.

How the volunteering process works

As part of volunteering to be a role model for Inspiring the Future, you’ll be asked to complete an online profile. And because keeping our students safe is important, all our volunteers also need to complete a criminal record check.

After this, your profile will become visible to schools on the website and teachers can invite you to participate in an Inspiring the Future event near you. If a school invites you to their event, you’ll receive an email asking you to log in to the website and find out more.

Your time commitment

Inspiring the Future in-person events last two to four hours; you should allow time to travel to and from the event, as well as up to an hour for preparation. Inspiring the Future online event times will vary, but should be around one hour; for these events, you’ll be able to dial in from the comfort of your own home or place of work.

Signing up as a role model doesn’t mean you have to participate – you can accept or decline as many event invitations as you wish, based on your availability.

Find out more about how we safeguard students here.

Read a step-by-step guide to volunteering at an in-person Inspiring the Future event here.

View our online event resources here.

COVID-19 and volunteering

In line with the Government’s COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools will require anyone volunteering at an in-person Inspiring the Future event to be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. If you’re not yet vaccinated, you can still give back to your community by volunteering to be a role model at an online Inspiring the Future event. 

Find out more about vaccination requirements at the Ministry of Education website.

Sign up to be a role model