To empower NZ youth with a strong sense of self and the courage to make positive decisions for their future pathways.


Provide mentoring and meaningful learning experiences to young people between the ages of 12-24

NZ youth lack positive role models and influences

High levels of youth disengagement – 80,000+

Negative forces drive drug usage and destructive behaviours

Social support systems do not nurture disengaged youth

With the right environment, encouragement and support, anyone can thrive

Embracing a passion for creative arts develops strength and confidence

Belief that anyone, given the right environment, encouragement and support can flourish into the best version of themselves

Passion for creative arts and their ability to create strength and confidence in those who embrace them

Celebrating their Successes

Young People Engaged
Mentoring Hours Per Year
Compositions Written
Community Live Performances

Who do we work with?

We work with young people aged 12-24. Anyone from all backgrounds are welcome

  • 8 High school students
  • Alternative education providers
  • Walk ins
  • Referrals
  • Social media and website registrations
  • Child Youth and Family


Needs Assessment and Evaluation

– Define programme
– Areas of specialty
i.e. Song Writing
– Mentor Partnering
– Creative Project


-- Continuous one – on – one sessions
-- Group classes

-- Create healthy relationships through positive role models
-- Redirection through new pathway opportunities

Production Of Work

-- NCEA credits through external services
-- Further Education
-- Employment
-- Income Streams




-- Music Production
-- Audio Engineering and Live Sound
-- Event Management
-- Photography and Video Production
-- Radio Broadcasting
-- Twitch Live Streaming
-- Event Management
-- Content Creation

Social Impact Hub

-- Kelston
-- Henderson
-- Te Atatu
-- Point Chevalier
-- North West
-- Glen Innes

Results for our young people

-- Shift of self worth and belief patterns
-- Income for youth ie: Spotify, iTunes, Live Performance
-- Youth transition into mentor roles
-- Internships and scholarships
-- Work experience through our partners



Songs, Jingles, Videos


Event or Band Hire

Meet The Mentors


“Great workshop! Met some awesome people, learnt a few things. Provided more opportunities to further a musical career.”

Dalles July 2019, CTOA Rap School Workshop

Sione is enjoying his mentoring and music sessions so far and it’s really evident in his attitude to learning in class which is awesome to see! Today he shared a rap demo he has been working on with David and it’s great to see him flourish and be excited about writing and performing his raps (big ups to the mentor). He even spoke about sampling and programmes that would be beneficial for him to develop his skills and craft, so a drum/beat pad to go with his mac if he is able to upgrade. I look forward to seeing his progress as his motivation has increased which is great to see!

Thanks to everyone involved with this.

Anne-Marie -- Music Teacher, Wesley College, Paerata

“Our connection with the Crescendo trust has provided opportunities for my students that I never would have been able to pay for out of my small Music Department budget and that my students would never have been able to pay for either as we are a Decile 5 school. For them to have had the opportunity of working with a musician who is in the music industry and has real life experience was truly a gift.”

Janice Spearitt -- Music Teacher, Liston College

“As a young person living in West Auckland, knowing that I am supported in my vision to create makes me feel as if I belong, that I have a role to play in the bigger picture which is bettering our communities. I value creative freedom and there aren’t many platforms that honour the need for an artist to be 100% themselves…there seems to always be a catch but with Crescendo there’s none of that and I couldn’t be more thankful.”

Mel Bailey a.k.a Kloos -- Mentee

“From what we have seen, our kids have become leaders in their particular areas through working with The Crescendo Trust”

BJ Tunks -- Parent

CTOA’s programmes were considered to be both structured and flexible to allow for young people’s interests. The mentors are seen to be skilled at working with a wide range of young people, including young people who have survived adversity in their lives and lack self-belief and self worth.

Point Research