Our Purpose

Our purpose is to change the world: one person at a time.

We’re here to equip and empower young people to face life situations and show them there is always hope - no matter their past or present circumstances.

 
 
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The state of the nation

Our Youth are in Crisis

11.8% of 15-24 year olds in New Zealand are struggling with mental health, compared to 8.8% in 2016.


The state of the nation

  • The estimated number of young people experiencing psychological distress has increased from 58,000 to 79,000
     
  • One in 10 young kiwis seeking mental health support will wait 2 months or more to see a professional
     
  • New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the OECD
     
  • The 15.6 youth suicides (15-19 year olds) per 100,000 people is twice the rate of the US and 5 times the rate of the UK.
     
  • On average, 2 children or teenagers take their lives every week.
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The state of the nation

  • Over 2800 intentional self-harm hospitalisations last year were youth.
     
  • Children living in poverty are 3 times more likely to experience mental health problems
     
  • Up to a third of youth are engaging in hazardous drinking.
     
  • In the June 2016 - 2017 year, 51 youth aged 10 - 19 committed suicide.
     
  • In the June 2016 - 2017 year, 79 young adults aged 20 - 24 committed suicide.
     
  • Pacific youth are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than their Pakeha peers.
 

We want to change the story

We cannot stand on the sidelines. We are driven to act.

The Revolution Tour teaches a message of resilience, hope, and anti-bullying that complements school programmes. The Revolution Tour exists to serve students and teachers to bring hope and remind students that they have people who can support them and people they can talk to.

Our job is not done until every young person knows that there is hope and that they have a better future.

Our Story

Revolution Tour began with a group of Aucklanders who were moved by the challenges facing New Zealand youth. With many of them having faced issues such as depression and bullying themselves, they wanted to bring hope to the next generation of Kiwis. A school teacher in the group recommended a school programme, and using their skills in music, dance and speaking, they created a lunchtime programme to entertain and educate Kiwi youth about life skills, perseverance and bring hope and joy into schools. The Revolution Tour was born.

We started with just a lunchtime programme in two small schools in Tokoroa. The message was so well received we quickly expanded to schools in other towns and soon into the major cities of New Zealand. As our team grew we were able to reach more schools across the country. Teams were sent out for an intensive two-week tour across all of New Zealand. Responses began to pour in - young people saying they had found hope and strength to carry on and teachers who were reminded of the difference they are making every day.

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A few years on, Reggie Dabbs, one of the most requested youth speakers in the United States, joined the team. For the past 10 years he has flown to New Zealand for every tour, armed with a soprano saxophone, an amazing sense of humour and a powerful message. He inspires millions of youth across the globe every year, but continues to remind our team that every single individual is important.

As the Revolution Tour has grown, we’ve expanded to lunchtime and full school assembly programmes in intermediate and high schools in New Zealand, the UK and the USA. We will continue to share our message until every young person knows hope.

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