Vision and Mission- 'Making the Difference'

Founded over 20 years ago by Malcolm Cameron on the premise that young people can and do 'make a difference', the Malcam Charitable Trust believes that resilience in young people is built through positive life experiences. We work to empower youth to realise their potential and achieve stronger communities. We work alongside our young people and role model quality work ethics in a supportive environment assisting young people to make successful transitions.

Our responsive, engaging and encouraging approach sees 80% of the young people we work with go back to school, go on to employment or enroll in further training or education. We are also active in the wider community sector, with a proud history of collaboration, contribution and mentoring of other charitable enterprises.

We currently work with Dunedin and Clutha area schools, training providers, tertiary institutions, workplaces and communities with a focus on effective youth development principles. Our funding is sourced from Central Government, initiatives with local government and the business sector, social enterprise, fundraising, charitable grants and donations. 


  • Collaboration, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Adding value to the communities of Otago
  • Responsive, Respectful and Fun service delivery
  • Ethical and inclusive practice.