Based on research from Aotearoa and overseas, Inspiring the Future has been created to help broaden young people’s horizons and confront stereotypes that can limit their potential. It also helps students build their sense of self and relate to others better. These benefits will build a stronger Aotearoa, where young people aspire to a wide range of pathways that align with their skills and interests.
How the events work
Events can be held in person at a physical location or online.
It's up to you how long they go for though we recommend 2-4 hours for in-person and about 1 hour for online events.
In-person and online events work a bit differently.
- 20 questions. Students ask questions to try to guess what job role models do.
- The reveal. Role models leave the room and come back wearing work clothes or carrying props that represent what they do. They reveal their job and share their story about how they got there with the students.
- Discussion groups. Students sit with role models to ask questions and learn more about their job and story.
- Breakout sessions. Small groups of students spend time in breakout sessions with single role models to investigate their job and learn more about their pathway.
- The pitch. Everyone comes together for a short pitch from all role models about who they are and what work they do.
- Show and tell. Students choose which job they would like to learn more about in group breakout sessions where role models discuss their jobs in more detail.
Who are the role models?
Role models are people from all walks of life who have volunteered because they want to share their work experiences to inspire students.
Keeping our students safe is important. All our volunteers need to complete a criminal record check before they can be an Inspiring the Future role model. Find out more about how we safeguard your students here.
Creating an event
Creating an event is free, you'll need:
- an ESL logon
- around 20 minutes to enter your event details and choose role models.
After that your invitations will be sent to role models and you'll receive a resource pack from us which includes pre and post-event activities for the classroom. The resource pack is also available in te reo Māori.