Stephen has been working in the youth development field for 21 years and specialising in youth justice for the last 16. He founded the MYND programme in 2001 (now part of the Graeme Dingle Foundation) which works with the top 20 per cent of youth offenders in Auckland. He has also developed another programme to focus on the younger siblings and families of high risk offenders to help stem the flow into the criminal system. He was a top three finalist for the New Zealander of the Year awards in 2011 and named in the New Year’s Honours list in 2014 to become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to youth.