Limitless has a mission to equip young New Zealanders with the awareness, confidence and opportunities to pursue and excel in work they are passionate about. We'll each work 80,000 hours throughout our lives. What if we could empower every young New Zealander to spend that time doing work they are passionate about?
Part 1: Our Limitless Conference for Year 10 students. This includes talks from speakers who do work they're passionate about, a video on work with passion and purpose, interactive activities and engaging workshops. The aim is to empower students with the confidence & awareness in their unique strengths, values and passions - and inspiration for how these can translate into a career of purpose.
Part 2: Our unique online portal that will connects students post-conference with opportunities for mentoring, work experience, volunteering and more through a collaborative platform. The aim of the online portal is to create connections between students and relevant opportunities that exist for them.
None of this would be possible without our amazing sponsors, supporters and the individuals who give their time and expertise, to make our collective vision, a reality. We believe it's possible to empower every young New Zealander to do great things with their 80,000 hours and are committed to learning, working and growing to get there. We are registered charity, registration number CC53597.
Passion: We are passionate about what we do. We exemplify passion & encourage others to find theirs.
Purpose: We do everything with a purpose, and our purpose is to empower.
Empowerment: We believe in empowering people. We believe that when every young person is empowered to reach their full potential, we will see generational change.
Optimism: We believe the future is bright, and young people are our future. We face every challenge with optimism.
Responsibility: We are aware that every action we take affects others. We are responsible to uplift and respect others with every word and action.
Founder and Chairperson
April founded Limitless in early 2016, after finishing high school in 2015, and having taken part in a social enterprise accelerator. In mid 2016, she was selected as one of 3 New Zealand delegates to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in California. Prior to starting Limitless, April gained experience organizing events for various causes. April now works full time on growing and developing Limitless.
Working for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu as a Senior Strategy Advisor, Wayne provides strategic advice to the executive leadership of Ngai Tahu on health, social and economic matters. Previously, Wayne held the position of National Business Development Manager for Barnardos New Zealand. He currently sits on the National Strategic Advisory Group to grow social enterprise and investment in New Zealand.
Brent has over 20 years of experience in financial services, specialising in people leadership, retail banking, lending, and business banking. Currently in the role of Regional Manager Retail Distribution for lower half of South Island for Kiwibank, Brent has held a various positions across a number of New Zealand banks, and enjoys seeing people thrive and develop to be successful.
Dr Cheryl Doig
Founder and CEO of Think Beyond, Cheryl Doig is a leadership futurist, following exponential technologies and organisational changes and making sense of these for leaders. She is a proactivist who acts for change rather than just talking about it. Cheryl is the Chairperson of the New Zealand Brain Institute and Haeata Community Campus, and has a number of governance roles.
We ran two Limitless conferences in August - for students all throughout Canterbury and the West Coast. We had 360 students attend, and we were excited to work with 27 schools throughout the region, who brought students to the program. Once again, the support to provide this program was absolutely phenomenal. We'd love to say a massive thank you to all those who gave their time and talent to see Limitless conference come to life. The Limitless conference was adapted and developed based off what we learnt from our 2016 programs, and input from various Limitless supporters and students. We are excited to continue growing and developing Limitless into 2018 and beyond.
CEO, Kode Biotech Group
CEO, Indigo & Iris
Founding Director, Bros for Change
Sustainability Engineer, Fulton Hogan
Founding Coordinator, The Cacophony Project
Strategy Development Manager, Girl Guiding NZ
Suicide Prevention, He Waka Tapu
Social Recovery Coordinator, Hurunui District Council
Limitless was life changing for our students, hosting engaging speakers that connected well with our tamariki and inspiring them to be the change they want to see in the world. It allowed them to connect with peers their own age and challenge their assumptions on the world to move forward with vigour and passion. I would recommend Limitless to any group of students who are moving out into the world and attempting to engage with who they are as people.
- Jono Broom, Kaiarahi, Haeata Community Campus
Attending Limitless was such a unique and worthwhile opportunity. Across the two days I was confronted with a fresh perspective on strengths, passions, values and the courses our lives may follow. It gave me a clearer holistic view of who I can be instead of what I can do, but above all, I learnt that by building this self awareness, you have the power to not only transform your life, but the lives of the people around you
- E Wen
Limitless Conference provided my students with a vibrant environment that inspired, challenged and encouraged them. The young people who attended came away buzzing with an understanding of their values, strengths and how they could use these to build their passion and purpose into careers that address the issues surrounding them. Seeing students interact with their peers across the region in such a meaningful way as they figured out more about themselves and others was so encouraging for me as a Dean of Year 10.
- Lydia Mills, Year 10 Dean, Craighead Diocesan School
On the 13th & 14th of October 2016, 140 students from 20 schools gathered at the La Vida Centre for the inaugural Limitless Conference.
The aim of the Limitless Conference was to equip students with confidence and awareness in their strengths, values and passions - and inspiration for how these can translate into a career of purpose. We also had a focus on wellbeing and goal setting integrated into the program to build a solid foundation. The program included speaker sessions, workshops and interactive activities. We also launched our video on careers with passion & purpose.
There were an incredible team of volunteers, speakers, workshop facilitators, activity facilitators, emcees - over 60 people all up - as well as and countless others along the way who generously gave their time and resources to make the Conference an awesome two days. These were all leaders and passionate people who wanted to share and inspire.
Some of speakers and workshop facilitators were:
Singer/Songwriter at Emily
Youth Partner Manager at World Vision
Founder/Director and Lawyer at Cowan Litigation
Director of Corporate Finance at PWC
Director of Mene Solutions
CEO/Founder Inspiring Stories Trust & Young New Zealander of the Year 2015
Dr Victoria Metcalf
National Coordinator, Participatory Science Platform
Programme Creator, Live the Dream & Independent Design Thinking consultant
Limitless opened my mind to my strengths and built a clearer understanding of my passion and what makes me stir and think
Amazing couple of days! Limitless sparked a bit of an epiphany as to how I want to live my life - with passion for what I do and to help others.
I arrived having no clue about what I was passionate about but left feeling confident that with all the tips and points I had heard during the two days, that I will be able to find a career where I will enjoy what I do. I also made a bunch of amazing new friends who share similar passions to me. I also really enjoyed reading through my top five for the Strengths Finder and unpacking them. I will definitely highly recommend Limitless Conference to others!!
I think we should be investing in our young people because it is our responsibility to help them realise the incredible capability and potential that they have for the betterment of the world! I enjoyed the way the young participants sparked off each other as insights and aspirations were being shared.
- Chris Mene- Director of Mene Solutions Ltd, workshop facilitator
I wanted to get involved in Limitless because I think it is exactly what many of my friends and myself needed to have when we were that age, to make sure we reached our potential, followed our passions and believed in our abilities. Investing in young people must be done now to ensure our future is bright.
- Hannah Duder - Co Founder of Little Yellow Bird, speaker
Burnside High School was fortunate to be involved in the first ever Limitless Conference and a number of our Year 10 students attended both days and gained a great deal from the experience. The programme was highly original and genuinely inspiring for young people. The range of speakers was excellent, as was the sheer number of activities to be involved in. Most impressive was the contact by the Conference organizer which continued long after it was over, through the online portal that was specially set up and designed to make a real difference in the lives of our students. Burnside will definitely be supporting this venture in 2017.
- Richard Barnett, Associate Principal, Burnside High School
A massive thank you to our sponsors and partners for making this all possible!
In February we ran a first pilot of the Limitless™ event at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school. The pilot was a 2 half-day program that included 3 workshops and 3 talks from speakers. The workshops were on “Finding your Passion” “StrengthsFinder” and “Goal Setting”. 18 students participated. Here are a couple of our testimonials:
“I gained a lot from Limitless, hearing all the speakers talk about how they got to where they are was very interesting and gave me hope that anything can be achieved if you try hard enough. I am excited to see other people use this course and see it become bigger and better. I can see a good future with Limitless helping other students find where they want to go and what they want to get out of life. I learnt more about what I was passionate about and how I should use that passion to turn it into something that I can gain things from. Limitless helped me become more aware of what I want to do after I finish school and I will use what I learnt to help me get there. I hope to do a Diploma in Business Studies at CPIT next year and setting goals and seeing how my strengths match that is making me more excited to start. I really want to have my own business when I am older so seeing how others started up their own business and companies helped me see how the process is done to get to where I want to be.”
“I gained so much inspiration from attending the Limitless program. Just from listening to all the amazing speakers and how they started from nothing to get where they are today made me more confident and gave me a push to not be quiet and do what I want to do. It taught me to not throw a talent or something I wanted to do in the future away because I could actually enjoy it and be pretty good at it if I gave it enough practice and thought… The skills I have gained from Limitless are pretty great for what I’m wanting to do in the future. I have been taught how to set appropriate goals and how to take small steps to achieve larger goals which I have been using everyday since.”
The pilot was generously supported by Kiwibank and the Christchurch Youth Council. The workshop facilitators and speakers gave their time to make the pilot happen. We are so grateful for the incredible support.
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