Sarah Colcord is a business owner, an entrepreneur, an advocate and a nationally-recognised champion for young people and marginalised groups having more opportunities to influence decision-making locally, regionally and nationally.
In 2016 Sarah stood in the Local Body Elections and won a seat on the Manurewa Local Board at 20 years old, making her one of the youngest Politicians in Auckland and Aotearoa. She went on to establish and set up The Space - a creative youth space and social enterprise in Manurewa that offers creative programmes, community activations and after school hang outs. Since its launch in November 2017, over 1000 young people have come through its doors.
In 2016, Sarah co-founded the South Auckland Youth Councils Network. Four years on, this group - now called Auckland Youth Voice - has grown from 5 youth councils and 40 young people to a network of 15 youth voice groups and 250 young people and an organisation that champions youth participation and engagement solutions in Auckland.
Sarah’s advocacy has taken her across Aotearoa where she has delivered more than a dozen presentations to over 1000 young people and over 200 community leaders, politicians and business people on the importance of creating opportunities for young people and marginalised groups, particularly Māori and Pasifika, to contribute to decision-making.
In 2018, she was named as a two-time recipient of the New Zealand of the Year - Kiwibank Local Hero Awards.