Our Vision

To provide a safe and creative platform for teens to experience a transformative approach towards developing leaders of a generation that thrives.

Our Mission 

To encourage, build trust, and inspire creative expression in the development and unfolding of individual personal identity, values and goals in our teenage participants. 

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Youth Tribe Art Connection is an eight-week after school art connection for female and male students ages 14+ lead by two board trustees; art therapist Anita Vlasic and life coach Dee Petit, who lead youth through a series of creative art projects & mindfulness activities based around Maori concepts.

It is a safe space of inclusion, connection and involvement in positive, healthy relationships and simple acts of giving, mindfulness, self-learning, creativity and being active that uplift everyone involved. Our aim is to encourage, build trust, and inspire creative expression in the development and unfolding of individual personal identity, values and goals which gives our teenage participants access to another language and knowledge base.

Participants are offered an opportunity to experience and explore the application of Māori concepts utilizing creativity as it relates to individual wellbeing.  It is presented in a non-judgmental supportive environment that focuses on the process, not just the outcome.

Each session will incorporate visual arts, a range of art materials and recycled products. All will be able to participate at a level that is comfortable and suitable for them.  No prior knowledge or experience needed.

After 8 weeks youth will have gained knowledge and confidence using a range of creative processes and a deeper understanding of utilizing creativity and Māori concepts for well-being. Each session builds upon our overall vision, which is to make an impact on our future leaders by assisting them in finding their True North, their internal compass in life. 

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A collective testimony from the participants from our first program in October 2018 @ Uxbridge Art Hub in Howick NZ and what they are taking away from their experience:

– Confidence boost was #1
– Expressionism
– Less anxiety
– Art is diverse
– Leadership
– It showed us how to become a leader
– Being able to think for yourself
– No Limits
– From Shyness to Strength
– Courage to be who you are
– Self-Improvement
– Self-Esteem

“Thank you Clint & Dee for having the courage to go to the Howick Local Board Auckland Council for support in starting Youth Tribe.”


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Finding True North

True North is your internal compass that guides and directs you successfully through your lifetime. It represents who you are as a human being at your deepest level. It is your orienting point – your fixed point in a spinning world – that helps you stay on track as a leader. It is your guiding light your reference point in an ever-changing world. Your True North is based on what is most important to you, your most cherished values, your passions and motivations, the sources of satisfaction in your life. 

True North Star Project was a 2018 community art project that welcomed teens and young adults to gather for four weeks to discuss and create one’s true north star. Each participant was shown how to make a 3D star tetrahedron out of recycled paper and other simple materials. At each workshop, we aimed not only to make art but also create a safe and supportive environment for participants to engage in dialogue around their dreams, wishes, direction and purpose. To connect their creative journey not only through art making but also through self awareness, critical thinking and perceiving themselves in positive new ways.

Through the creation and discussion around our True North Star, we directed the attention of this generation toward original ideas, principles & values and one’s true meaning and life purpose. This gathering was a catlyst for positive change to participate and engage in face to face dialogue around topics of isolation, passive screen viewing, social media, sexuality, bullying and suicide.  Everyone was encouraged to relate ideas, identity, dreams and other aspects of their authentic selves toward the decorating of their True North Star.

These lightweight paper star sculptures were displayed as a hanging art installation at the Uxbridge Arts and Culture Centre in Howick durings the 2018 Christmas season. This project was developed in collaboration with Dee Petit and Clint Taniguchi and sponsored by Creative Community Schemes Auckland Council.

  • If you dream big, define your own success, stay motivated and work hard, there will be no limit to what you can accomplish in life.  At Youth Tribe, we provide young people with the opportunities and motivation to overcome the obstacles that stand between them and personal happiness & success.
  • Our program demonstrates the importance of remembering your roots, always giving more than you receive and never letting anything or anyone come between your dream and your goals.
  • We, at Youth Tribe, are empowered by the community we serve.  Thank you to our facilitators, parents, sponsors and believers for allowing our inspiring hearts & minds to make a difference in the lives of young people.