I am passionate about providing better pathways to achieve higher outcomes for all young people
Ant Backhouse has a 25 year history of working with and leading young people. In 2002, Ant was employed as Project Coordinator to set up and run the “I Have a Dream” programme of
New Zealand. After a decade of working with his 53 low-decile 'Dreamers', 80% took a pathway into tertiary education compared to only 30% of the students in the year-level above.
In 2014 the culmination of his work was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list where he was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for his service to youth and education.
Ant’s latest ventures have seen him sharing the learnings of his research and life’s work. Ant now holds the role of CEO of the I Have a Dream Charitable Trust, and is pushing ahead to scale out the best practice of I Have a Dream so that many more Kiwi kids can benefit. Since 2016 he has been running a programme expansion into Whangarei, where his team of 20 staff support 750 Dreamers enrolled across a community of 4 low-decile schools in Tikipunga and Otangarei - 85% are Maori. “I am passionate about providing an equitable education for our tamariki of Aotearoa, to ensure their dreams and futures are enabled”