WHO WE ARE

Izaak Birch

I’m inspired when I’m part of a team that is making a positive impact

Izaak has been working with Northlands youth for over 15 years. Over the years, Izaak has been involved in various volunteering programmes, council projects and most recently, the youth education and mentoring programmes during his time at Te Ora Hau.

Working with youth in a preventative capacity and building their confidence is what drives and motivates Izaak. It is what drew him to the Navigator role at I Have a Dream - an opportunity to be part of a team that is making a positive impact in a cause/kaupapa that Izaak believes in.

Whilst at Te Ora Hau, Izaak provided mentoring for recidivist youth offenders aged 10-17 who had been referred through Oranga Tamariki, as well as leading an education program for young people aged 12-15 who are not able to attend mainstream or alternative education due to behaviour and developmental challenges.

In his downtime, you’ll find Izaak spending time with his young family, likely in the outdoors where Izaak has a penchant for gardening and growing rare but edible plants. It is Izaak’s dream to one day own a lifestyle block where he can take no doubt take his gardening to the next level.

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