Jaleel sitting on a rock

Jaleel’s Story

The Graeme Dingle Foundation helps Kiwi kids like Jaleel build resilience and self-belief with access to inspirational leaders and mentors when taking part in our programmes.

“Last year I was an idiot, I was doing things that I shouldn’t be doing, and I had little or no respect for anyone, making stupid decisions, physically hurting myself because I was trying to deal with things that I was struggling with. I lost two very special people to me to suicide and because I hadn’t dealt with it, I was lost and scraping by daily – this was affecting me in so many ways.

Through my Project K journey, I learnt how to make friends with people outside my circle, I learnt to give people a chance, I learnt to grow as an individual and how to hone in on my team-building skills, that’s just to name a few things.

Amy, my mentor, didn’t give up on me. We formed a unique bond; I can’t explain it but I’m glad she didn’t give up on me. I struggled with a few of my goals but after discussing with Amy we managed to adjust a couple and I managed to achieve them.

I believe that with the help of Amy and the Graeme Dingle Foundation I was able to find myself again and through our weekly catchups, whether it was doing one of our favourite walks/hikes or even our overnight tramps with other Project K mentors/mentees, I learnt to become mentally stronger, and I can now comfortably ask for help if I need it.

I’m proud of what I have achieved throughout that last 12 months and being part of Project K is the most beneficial thing I have done to date; I have grown so much, and I often wonder what I would be like if I hadn’t participated. What was achieved came from the help of Amy, Kat, Lucretia, and my Mum. They all believed in me and were there when I needed guidance and they need to be thanked again. This programme taught us HOPE and that we are WORTH more than we might have previously thought of ourselves.

I have to say I’m really proud of how far I have come with the help of my mentor Amy.”

The Graeme Dingle Foundation are looking for people who want to support New Zealand’s youth by mentoring a young person. Help rangatahi like Jaleel by becoming a youth mentor today!

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