Frequently Asked Questions

What age do you have to be to go to Zeal?
We support young people aged 13-20 - but once someone's in the Zeal fam, they belong forever! Most of our creative programmes cut off at age 18 (best to contact your local centre to ask). Whoever you are and whatever you’re into, Zeal is a place we you can belong. Not convinced? Watch this.

How can I get involved and/or volunteer at Zeal?
It’s as easy as getting in touch. Find your nearest centre and flick them an email. We have heaps of opportunities and love meeting new people!

I make music! How can I play at Zeal?
Giving young musicians an opportunity to play and practise is what we’re all about. We have rehearsal space for hire at Zeal Wellington, Zeal Hamilton and Zeal West Auckland. We also have regular workshops and tutoring in songwriting, sound engineering, event management, and lighting.

Plus we have gigs and opportunities to perform throughout the year in Auckland, Hamilton, Hawke's Bay, Kāpiti and Wellington, as well as throughout New Zealand through our mobile Event Box.

If you’re interested in playing at Zeal, just flick us an email and we’ll go from there.

Isn’t Zeal about hardcore music? No wait, I heard it’s about dance. Actually, don’t people make coffee there?
Yes, yes and yes. We do so much and sometimes people only hear about one bit of it and think we’re just that (side note: that kind of thinking can be dangerous).

You’d be surprised at all the different people who find a home at Zeal. Like any good family, we’re about breaking down walls, seeing past our differences and accepting people as they are. It’s a little crazy, but it’s a beautiful thing.

How much does stuff at Zeal cost?
Our afternoon hangs are free and a great way to get a feel for what we’re about. Our programmes and events often have a small cover charge, usually no more than $10 per workshop or event. If you want to get involved, but money is a problem, then let’s talk.

What is your policy on drugs and alcohol?
At Zeal we take pride in being 100% free of drugs and alcohol. That means a zero tolerance on alcohol and drugs for all Zeal programmes and events. You also have the right to have a good time without alcohol and drugs, don’t you think?

How do you ensure safety at Zeal?
We consider young people at our programmes and events to be under our duty of care, and we take their safety seriously. Trained youth workers are always on site, and all of our events have security staff. Major events have qualified medical staff on hand, too.

We also have an extensive risk management plan that takes into consideration a number of scenarios to help us eliminate, isolate or minimize all potential risks.

We don't compromise on care. It's our number one.
What time do your events finish?
Most of our events are finished by 10:30-11pm. However, some events like dance parties and festivals can go up to midnight. If you want specific info for an event, you can find its details on our event calendar.

What’s the meaning of life?
Make the world better than you found it. Also, chocolate.

What’s the relationship between Zeal & Stories Espresso Bar (+ sister café Georgia)
Imagine a pie cut into two pieces: Zeal and Stories. At the edge of the crust they’re distinct, but in the middle the mince runs together. But it’s all the same pie. Call that pie Zeal and you get the idea.

Boring version: Zeal is the parent organisation to Stories, our coffee-container social enterprise. It’s all Zeal, it’s just different stuff we do.

How is Zeal funded?
We hold close relationships with councils in the areas we work, we have a number of government contracts, and partner with philanthropic trusts. Support from personal donors also makes a massive difference, so if you vibe what we do, consider donating.

Is Zeal a religious organisation?
We are faith-based in our motivation and ethics, but we have an inclusive approach to all cultures, orientations and beliefs. Similar to other social services, Zeal focuses on meeting a social need without promoting its own ideologies on its clients. Our staff also hold a wide range of beliefs.

I don’t have a Zeal in my town/city/hood, what can I do to help get Zeal here?
Zeal only goes where we are invited. If you want a Zeal youth facility where you live, advocate for one to your local council.





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