Sarah Longbottom is the Founder and Executive Director of Ngā Rangatahi Toa, an innovative organisation that inspires kids excluded from school to transform their own lives through education and creativity.

Sarah is a creative thinker, social entrepreneur and disruptive educator who believes in the power positive risk-taking and truth-telling. She is playing a key role in the development of alternative education so that our most under-served rangatahi can fulfil their potential, feel connected and contribute fully. Sarah’s work has been recognised nationally and internationally, and she was recently awarded the New Zealand International Woman of Courage Award by the US Department of State and the New Zealand Embassy of the United States of America.