Since 2009, Focus on the Family’s ACTIV8 Pro-Life Internship has been dedicated to developing a diverse, well-trained, grassroots network of next generation leaders who are willing to serve the cause of advancing human dignity and building the culture of life in New Zealand.
The ACTIV8 Pro-Life Internship not only offers NZ young adults the opportunity to be educated about some of the most important issues of our time, but it also equips participants with the practical skills they will need to be leaders of excellence in building the culture of life in NZ. ACTIV8 also offers them the opportunity to meet and form important friendships with other young adults from all over New Zealand who also desire to charitably serve the cause of promoting greater respect for human dignity and the sanctity of human life in this country.
ACTIV8 was launched in New Zealand in 2009 when Dave Smithson and BJ Whittaker, supported by other members of the Smithson family and the Kapiti branch of Voice for Life, took the initiative to plan and run the very first ‘Stayin’ Alive’ (as it was known back then) training day in Kapiti, just north of Wellington. This would go on to give rise to the ACTIV8 Pro-Life Internship - an annual one week formation event that provides in-depth and practical formation and training for young leaders who are passionate about building the culture of life and being a voice for the unborn and their mothers in New Zealand.
In 2015 this important training and formation ministry came under the governance and leadership of the team at Focus on the Family NZ.
The ACTIV8 Pro-Life Internship is an intensive one week event which offers in-depth formation in ethics, philosophy and apologetics, as well as important practical skills such as leadership training, social media skills, project management, strategic planning, and media training.
It is a national event open to anyone aged 18 - 35 years.
We begin each day with breakfast together, followed by our daily formation and training sessions, with a break for lunch in the middle. There are more sessions after lunch, and then after the daily free time and shared dinner, we gather together for the evening session, where we watch a movie followed by a discussion about the important ethical issues and themes that it explores and depicts.
If you’re looking for a more in-depth formation event that also offers training in important practical skills such as leadership, media and project management, as well as the opportunity to discuss issues in greater detail, and to meet and build friendships with other young people from all over New Zealand who share your same desire to build the culture of life in NZ, then the ACTIV8 Pro-Life Internship is definitely for you!