James Beck has been involved with Attitude, the youth education division of The Parenting Place since 2007 and during that time he has spoken to more than 200,000 young people at high schools, primary schools, youth events, youth prisons, on radio, on television, at camps and also at church services.
Nathan initially joined the Attitude team as a presenter in 2009 and has spoken to over 130,000 students throughout New Zealand. He has worked alongside young people for over 10 years and is passionate about Aotearoa and helping young people to build meaningful lives.
Christian Gallen joined Attitude in 2009 after completing a BA in Te Reo Maori. Since then he has spoken to over 100,000 young people around NZ with his trademark positive and inspirational presenting style . Christian won an online talent search to become the Official Nitro Circus Tour Reporter in 2015 where he gained invaluable experience in social media.
Hailing from the wee town of Lawrence in Central Otago, Liz went on to travel across the Tasman with her prior job teaching dance, drama and musical theatre. Over seven years she worked in Auckland, Sydney and Perth teaching students aged 2-33. This gave her a great foundation for understanding young people and conveying information to them. For Liz, one of the best things about working with youth is seeing their eyes come alive when they ‘click’ with a concept or an attitude.
Paula joined the Attitude team in 2013 after working with youth for six years. He has a background working in correction facilities and alternative education centres mentoring young people. Paula’s passion to see young people achieve their dreams and live lives they are proud of makes him an enthusiastic presenter.
Allenzo is a Niuean hip hop dancer with a heart for seeing young people succeed. Before joining Attitude Allenzo taught high school students competition dance routines for 10 years and travelled around the world with his dance crew. His passion for developing and inspiring young people drew him to become an Attitude presenter. Allenzo communicates powerfully by drawing upon his own life experiences.
Nathaniel started working for Attitude in January 2015, coming from a background in youth leadership. He was head boy at his high school, giving him the chance to stand as a role model for other young people. Nathaniel is excited to be part of the organisation that helped him come out of his shell and be more confident personally through the presentations he heard as student. He is looking forward to helping others do the same, offering them tools to build their own self-confidence.
Zara joined the Attitude team at the beginning of 2015. Her background in youth mental health provides her with genuine insight into the struggles of today’s youth and their huge need for hope and encouragement. She has a wholehearted desire to help young people discover their potential and embrace it in a way that brings fun and fulfilment to their own lives and those of others.
Phil grew up in semi-rural Canterbury and joined the South Island Attitude team in 2015 after a three years of study in Christchurch. Prior to that he spent several years doing youthwork in Canada and backpacking around the globe. This life experience combined with his communication skills have set him up to be an engaging speaker and expert storyteller.
Brayden has a background in in youth work and youth leadership. He is passionate about communication and helping young people with the challenges life can bring. Brayden is excited to be working for The Parenting Place and having the opportunity to build his own communication skills and encourage youth all over New Zealand with a compelling and positive message.