Kendal Collins knows that to stand strong, one must first have a positive sense of self-worth and cultural identity.
So the high school social worker co-created the charitable trust, Sisters United, designed to combat the negative effects of bullying, low self-esteem, negative body image and cultural disconnection of young women in Auckland.
The Young Queens peer-mentoring programme and other services she runs, provide a creative space in The Palace Dance Studio for young women to start their own journey of self-discovery. The programme uses mediums of spoken word, dance and art to help young women discover their talents, build their confidence and find their voice.
Kendal is of Samoan and English heritage and was a 2016 Vodafone Foundation World of Difference recipient.