Sarah Longbottom

Sarah Longbottom is Creative Director of the Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Iniatiative in South Auckland, a mentoring and transition programme that connects top creative talent of Aotearoa with young people in alternative education. Sarah honed and flexed her agentic self in mainstream and residential youth justice classrooms, and was instrumental in the development of nationwide pedagogical leadership in alternative education. Both the excellence and inadequacies of our education system inspired Sarah to take her learnings and develop an innovative model of youth development based on the core values of love and acceptance, energy and creativity, and collaboration and community.