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YWCA Auck­land Fu­ture Lead­ers Pro­gramme cel­e­brates its 15 year an­niver­sary this year. The pro­gramme helps girls be­tween the ages of 14 to 18 years, from low decile schools, de­velop lead­er­ship skills and con­fi­dence. It was founded in 2002 by for­mer YWCA CEO Di Pa­ton and has helped 800 young women grow into con­fi­dent, ca­pa­ble and ed­u­cated fe­male lead­ers of to­mor­row. Pa­ton said she set up the pro­gramme be­cause she was con­cerned there were many young women in vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas that lacked re­sources and goals in life. Since it be­gan, 85 per cent of pro­grammes grad­u­ates have gone on to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion, many of whom were the first in their fam­ily to do so.

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