Noa Woolloff


Noa became a father at 16 year's old, initially too scared to tell his parents because of the stigma around teenage parents. He's working to change these stereotypes. 

As a scholarship recipient to Festival for the Future, Noa was inspired by the CEO of Thankyou and their social enterprise that sells products and channels the profits into helping end extreme poverty. Noa set up the clothing company Increase, which sells t-shirts and tops that raise money to give other teenage parents the opportunity to further their leadership development by attending things like Outward Bound and Festival for the Future.

Since his TedX Talk in Wellington, Noa has spoken to more than 2,000 people in schools and leadership conventions.

Key steps in the journey

Noa grew up on the Kapiti Coast, and was head boy of Aotea College in Porirua. Becoming a young parent at 16, he experienced first hand the negative stereotypes that many teen parents face and wanted to do something about it.

As a scholarship recipient to New Zealand's national youth event Festival for the Future, Noa learnt about social enterprise and was inspired to set up the clothing company Increase NZ, which uses profits to help support teen parents to experience life-changing youth development opportunities. The following year, Noa paid his scholarship forward supporting three teen parents to attend Festival for the Future in 2017. Noa works across youth engagement and business development for Inspiring Stories, runs Increase on the side, and his daughter Kyla is now two years old.