Ethan's story.

Growing up, Ethan had gang affiliated friends and family where drugs and alcohol seemed like the norm for him. It wasn’t until he became a little bit older when he realised he was losing people close to him due to these factors. This resulted in him starting to disengage and become more and more silent over time. Ethan had no aspirations to do anything with his life. At the start of 2020, he realised doing something was better than doing nothing so he signed up for the Career Navigator Community programme through the Graeme Dingle Foundation in Wellington. Ethan first started his Career Navigator Community journey with hesitancy showing a staunch attitude – reasonably shy and acting ‘too cool to care’ but programme coordinators knew he was looking for something within himself as he kept coming back.

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