Grow a Star is an innovative, youth mentoring and scholarship programme funded by Compass Housing staff that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the financial obstacles that prevent them from following their passion or potential (for sport, music, arts, education).
In households where finances are limited, young people often miss out on the sort of extra-curricular activities that play an important role in enabling them to be their best self or achieve their potential. Funding through Grow a Star encourages generational change by empowering young people to follow their academic, sporting or artistic ambitions.
By enabling young people to pursue their passions, the programme helps foster habits and behaviours that can set young people up for life. It can create a new life trajectory which would otherwise be limited simply because their parent did not have the resources to fund equipment, subscriptions or travel.
The benefits for participants of the Grow a Star Programme are frequently far broader than the accomplishment of a participant’s short term goals. For many participants, the mentoring or funding to provide equipment or essential resources available, through the programme represents the first time anyone outside their immediate family has invested in their abilities or aspirations, or even more importantly, has shown them a genuine pathway towards achieving their goals and aspirations.
Since its launch in Australia in 2012, Grow a Star has assisted more than 200 young people to pursue their academic, sporting or artistic goals. It has been active in New Zealand for the past three years.
We are delighted to announce Luisa as the inaugural Compass Housing NZ Grow a Star recipient from 2018. A former student at Alfriston College in South Auckland.
Luisa had through her own endeavours received an academic scholarship to assist her pursue her aspirations to study Law in At Victoria University.
Luisa’s ambition is to be a human rights lawyer. The new laptop, provided by the Compass Housing NZ Grow a Star Programme helped her with her High school studies and through the first couple of years at Victoria University in Wellington, where her star continues to shine through her own hard work and determination.