What does youth-led philanthropy look like in New Zealand? How do you become more than the labels others put on you? Is it possible to look after our mental wellbeing while also being a high-performing go-getter? In our last episode for 2020, Emily Svadlenak speaks with Gemma Major to explore some of the big questions of work, life and balance.
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About our guest: Gemma Major
Gemma is passionate about enhancing youth wellbeing through youth-led change. Her current mission is to enable holistic, integrative, and long-term regenerative change with young people that is inevitably impacts wider communities. Seed Waikato is her current vehicle for this, an organisation she co-founded in 2017. They create community-based experiential education opportunities, facilitate community connection, and support greater youth contribution.
She is also passionate about re-defining philanthropy in Aotearoa to foster greater inclusion, innovation, and disruption from young people, and is a Board member of Philanthropy New Zealand.
Gemma was part of the founding team at Momentum Waikato, the region’s community foundation. In the four years she worked for the foundation, she developed a heart for strategic philanthropy, developing services for donors, strategies to grow the fund, and launched Waikato Vital Signs.
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