About

What we do.

OneChance NZ delivers focused programmes across the Social Services Vocational Pathway to encourage NCEA success and develop real life skills. We facilitate Adventure Based Learning (ABL) activities, BootCamps, group fitness sessions, leadership training, coaching, mentoring, public speaking with confidence building modules, promote interest in careers and other tertiary training.

We have a big focus on the delivery of intensive and fun Gateway programmes to the five Rotorua High Schools and surrounding towns, team building activities, organise community events, training workshops and motivational speaking seminars to community and youth groups.

In 2015 the OCYP team won the prestigious Ministry of Youth Development ANZAC Youth Award for organising the OneChance ANZAC Kite Festival. A first for any youth group in Rotorua.

The Team

Alan Solomon

Alan Solomon

Chief Enthusiast

Alan has spent the past 20 years working on leadership and personal development to be able to design, launch and facilitate the first OCYP in 2013. He has travelled to more than 40 countries, built Sunday Schools in Africa, worked on building sites with Albanian refugees and planted trees in the eroded mountainous landscapes of Hakuba, Japan. He was a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, spent five years in Sales and Marketing and an award winning journalist. Alan has a passionate fire burning in his belly to develop young leaders and to see young people succeed.

melanie groves

melanie groves

AV Wizz

Mel started her television media career at the tender age of 19 working alongside an Australian production company. From there Mel worked as a host of Motovegas TV, CityNews presenter for TV Rotorua and subcontracting for national news bulletins. Mel also kicked off Rotorua’s first talent agency, the creative director for the online series What’s Up Rotorua and now provides publc relations, media and marketing services under her brand MJGroves Media. Mel loves supporting local businesses, organisations and community events. OneChance NZ is super excited to have Mel on-board as the AV Wizz tutor when we launch our new media programme, Youth-Tube in early 2018.  

Veena Kameta

Veena Kameta

Events Extraordinaire

As a mother of three boys, Veena knows how to get things done and has been heavily involved in the behind the scenes action of OCYP events since 2015. With more than 10 years’ experience of running Bay of Plenty Rugby League junior development accompanied with 10 years BOT governance experience, Veena’s ability to network and bring people together is a vital link to the success of our vision. Veena has a very high work ethic which is great role modelling for our students to learn from.

Trainers

Trainers

We have a selection of contract trainers and facilitators who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the OCYP, OTUS, Youth Tube programmes. All of whom are either industry experts in their chosen field or qualified youth workers. Whether the modules are public speaking, leadership development, self-defence, BootCamps or ABL’s, our trainers are passionate to see young people become all that they can be.

OneChance Charitable Trust

Registered as a Charitable Trust in 2017, the OneChance Charitable Trust (CC54270) was set up for the education and training of NZ youth, the advancement of health and holistic well-being of whanau using faith-based principles of respect, integrity, honour, excellence, culture and service to others. All our programmes operate under the umbrella of the OneChance Charitable Trust.

Testimonials

I loved every moment of this experience and I have to say I think that the OneChance Youth Project would have to be one of the best parts of my high school experience so far and I am grateful for all the skills I have gained – leadership, event planning, communication, and many, many more.

Chantelle Cobby

2015 OCYP Course Leader, Rotorua Girls High School Deputy Head Girl

When I first got invited to be a part of the OneChance Youth Project I thought to myself what could really come out of this course…. But then as I spent one day with everyone on our first day which was team building I knew exactly why I was here. I had to focus on building on my leadership skills and in the end work well in a team and achieve something that benefited the community and the youth of Rotorua.

Aimee Rendall

2014 OCYP Course Leader, John Paul College

This programme has been designed to inspire youth involved and assist them in learning the skills required for life, work and leadership. I personally think that this is a fantastic concept to develop young leaders and prepare them for their future in the workforce and business.

Hon Todd McClay

National MP, Rotorua

I have been part of many events but the OneChance ANZAC Kite Festival was outstanding for young people to plan and implement what they have learnt. Definitely recommend this for youth wanting to learn event management and community engagement.

Bobby Howard

Whanau-ora, Te Waiariki Purea Trust

As a Council embarking on a People Friendly Community we value investment in our young people as they are our citizens of the future. The OneChance Youth Seminar in one of a range of programs that collectively will make a difference in our community and hopefully will inspire those to love their dreams and choose to love, work and play in the community that we love.

Hon Steve Chadwick

Mayor, Rotorua Lakes Council

I thoroughly support and recommend the OCYP to any teacher/parent who wants their student/child to develop their leadership skills and confidence. This is a fantastic concept for all the youth of Rotorua.

Yvonne Downard

Gateway Co-ordinator, Rotorua Girls High School

I highly recommend this unique ‘leadership initiative’ as an investment in our community development and therefore any financial support or resources you can provide for the continuation of this OneChance Youth initiative will make a difference to these young people and encourage’ the ripple effect’ through their peers.

Deb Bell

Rotary District 9930 Chairperson, Interact & Rotaract

The events I find ending up most successful tend to be those organised by people who have that rare combination of passion and organisation skills. My experience with the OneChance event was definitely at the high end of that scale. If you hadn’t told me that it was being organised and run by students, I would never had guessed.

Terry Williams

Speaker / Author / Trainer / MC

I would highly recommend accessing Alan’s skills in the area of leadership training, personal goal setting, and helping to raise youth confidence in their own abilities to overcome adversity and seek out opportunities.

Todd Mountfort

Rotorua Coordinator, Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment

I wish to express that the youth involved were very professional in their dealings with us. They provide a proposal letter incorporating the project objectives and plans, a comprehensive health and safety plan, security and wardens.

Hera Smith

Deputy Principal, TKKM O Hurungaterangi

Listening to Alan Solomon on Saturday evening was an inspiration. He reminded us that we don’t win by walking away from a negative situation. We take it as a challenge. One of the students wanted to leave but, with encouragement from one of the team leaders, became a leader in her team.

Allen Foote

President, Rotary Club of Rotorua

The OneChance Youth Project helped me gain the confidence needed to share my work with others, the skills needed to delegate, get along and work together so we can achieve our goals.

Karl Perez

2013 Course Member, John Paul College

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