About Us

Who are we?

The Light Project was established in 2017 by a small team of sexual and public health professionals. The project was set up in response to the changing online porn landscape and the absence of any information, support or resources for young people in Aotearoa. The project aims to help equip youth, their whānau and communities to build porn literacy and positively navigate the new porn landscape through workforce training, resource development and providing technical assistance to services working with youth.
“Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa.”
—Dame Whina Cooper

The Light Project works alongside New Zealand youth health services, schools, sexual violence prevention services and youth organisations and has undertaken national youth workforce development projects for the Ministry of Health and ACC. The Light Project website and it’s youth facing site In The Know launched in 2020 was supported by SPARK Foundation and the Ministry of Social Development.

 

We welcome any feedback or input into our site, if you would like to find out more about us and our work we’d love to hear from you – get in touch at hello@thelightproject.co.nz

Feel free to check out ‘Porn and Young People – What do we Know?’ a survey The Light Project took with 622 New Zealand youth stakeholders including schools, sexual health services, youth organisations, child protection services, faith-based youth organisations and whānau and caregivers. The purpose of the project was to assess whether youth stakeholders believe porn is an issue for young people in Aotearoa and identify any knowledge gaps and resource needs. Based on these findings, we’ve put together this website to help young people, their whānau and youth stakeholders carry on the conversation.