Posts Tagged ‘Challenge 2000’

Vulnerable youth can change for the good says PM Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Vulnerable youth can change for good

The Prime Minister, Saturday, said changing vulnerable young people’s lives was more difficult than changing the economy. But, they can change. He made the comments when opening Marist Challenge House in Johnsonville, Wellington. “The challenge of changing things in government, in agencies and the economy is relatively easy when compared to the challenges some of Read more

Challenge 2000 – New base for youth and family development agency Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017
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The purchase of a property in Johnsonville to be used as a base and outreach centre for Challenge 2000, has been announced by Fr David Kennerley sm, Provincial of the Society of Mary, and Steve O’Connor, Challenge 2000 Director. Kennerley said, ‘As part of our ongoing support of Challenge 2000 and commitment to working with Read more

Challenge 2000 put the youth justice case to Bill English Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
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Last week the deputy prime minister, Bill English visited Challenge 2000, a Youth Development, Community and Family Social Work agency based in Johnsonville, near Wellington. Challenge staff discussed with English the services they provide to youth and how they could help if the age at which people are referred to the adult court was raised Read more

Gap year students celebrate their graduation Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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On Saturday the 26th of November, the Marist/Challenge 2000 gap year students graduated from their course, and with a certificate in youth work. The nine students and their friends and whanau gathered in the chapel of St Pat’s College Wellington, to celebrate with a liturgy and presentation. The students began with a waiata and then Read more

ANZAC: The future of the Church is in good hands Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

“The future of the Church is in good hands,” Kitty McKinley, founder of Challenge 2000, says. McKinley is the founder of Challenge 2000, a youth development organisation based in Johnsonville, Wellington. On ANZAC weekend Challenge staff, volunteers, gap students and locals produced moving performances that recognised and remembered those who gave their lives and fought for Read more

Gap Year students graduate Comments 0

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Eight people who took part in the 2014 Challenge Marist Gap Year graduated in a ceremony that took place at St Joseph’s Church in Mount Victoria in Wellington last Sunday. The event was attended by the Gap year students’ families and friends as well as representatives and friends of Challenge 2000 and the Society of Mary. Each Read more

One day of difference for a lifetime of change Comments 2

Friday, April 11th, 2014

I arrived at Challenge 2000 in Johnsonville, a night with friends in a cosy cardboard box beneath a starlit sky was too good to pass by. The Wellington wind had fled; stillness paired with the embers crackling, huddled closer, marshmallows devoured in flame as stories swept us elsewhere and nothing mattered anymore save each other, Read more

Gap-year students enthusiastic about their time of discovery together Comments 0

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The 2013 Challenge-Marist  gap-year students graduated on Sunday 1 December in a ceremony held at St Joseph’s Church in Wellington, New Zealand. Parents, friends and former gap-year students listen as each of the 8 “Gappies” described the challenges they had faced and related the lessons learned in the course of the year. They spoke enthusiastically Read more

Gap Year students tested by new experiences and strange places Comments 1

Friday, November 8th, 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, 8 Marist Challenge 2000 Gap year students who have recently returned from their month-long pastoral placements, reported back to their friend and colleagues gathered  at Pa Maria in Wellington. This year the ‘Gappies’ went to a variety of placements around New Zealand and overseas. They were sent to the far north of Aotearoa New Read more

Younger generation NZers, working with marginalised, excited by election of Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Some of the staff of Challenge 2000, a youth development agency, are excited by the election of Pope Francis because he is a man who has a proven track record of serving the poor and working for social transformation. “At a time where the world is struggling with many issues it is heartening to hear of the example Read more