Mixit uses creativity to support young people from former refugee backgrounds to help increase life skills, become stronger human beings, move forward and build their capacities to successfully integrate into our communities.

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Over 200 givers have collectively raised $123,945.67 for Mixit. That has helped bring a diverse group of Auckland's young people from refugee, migrant and local backgrounds together every week to mix, create and express themselves.

What We Do.

Mixit uses the power of creativity, to increase core life skills, build self-esteem and confidence, improve communication skills and provide a place for positive socialisation and belonging – primarily a space for former refugees – but also for migrant and local young people, engaging together. For young people to stand strong, for their voices to be heard and to feel like they belong.

We use the art forms of dance, drama, music, spoken word poetry and more. Creativity involves teamwork, problem solving, having fun and helps break down barriers that divide. Transport is provided and along with the activities there’s always food, talk and unconditional, non-judgmental support.

We started providing free weekly creative workshops in 2006, engaging leading artists, and have been doing so every week ever since. Additionally we run an annual summer performance project. Since we began there have been over 10,000 participant engagements – with many lives transformed.

There’s a youth leadership programme because youth leading youth is undeniably powerful. Youth leaders are mentored to be part of workshop planning and logistics, co-facilitate sessions and learn what commitment and responsibilities to support others actually means.

We’ve been around long enough now that there’s a growing team of Alumni who continue to be part of all our programmes – working alongside guest artists, and staff and representing as trustees on the Mixit Board. We are now committed to employing Alumni in key staff roles, which is in keeping with our vision that one day Mixit will be run by former Mixers (participants). This is on track and becoming our reality.

Additionally the Alumni are now running creative workshops around Aotearoa for young people in regional re-settlement areas, this includes regular training and professional development in facilitation skills.

Wrapped around everything is mentoring and pastoral support for all levels of Mixers with school, tertiary options, employment choices, personal and family issues and their capacity to move forward and become strong new NZers.

Mixit is contributing to building a healthy, integrated society that better understands what living in a diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-faith community really takes.

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