InZone, the home where DREAMS survive!

Our History 

Chicago-born Terrance Wallace traveled to New Zealand several years ago on a holiday. At first blown away by the breathtaking scenery, he was alarmed to see a news item about Māori and Pasifika youth falling through the cracks. It struck a chord for Terrance. Back home in the USA, he’d seen the same statistics over and over again about African-American & Hispanic kids. Once, he had been one of them. After narrowly escaping being gunned down in a carjacking, Terrance was given a second chance at life. He became determined to make a difference, and here in front of him was a new challenge. He packed up his house in Chicago and moved to New Zealand.  Setting his sights on Auckland’s sought-after “grammar school zone”, he found a home in the heart of the city’s wealthiest – and whitest – exclusive schooling area. He invited Māori and Pasifika boys with a desire to succeed to apply for a chance to move into the in-zone home and attend Auckland Grammar School. Now they would have access not only to highly resourced schooling, but – critically - Grammar’s extremely influential alumni network, which lies at the centre of the nation’s business and political inner circles. This, he decided, is how you break cycles.  As the boys overcame obstacles, dealt with setbacks, and ultimately made breakthrough successes, Terrance faced the pull of home, back to Chicago where many in the city – amid rising racial tensions and violence – are asking him to start the scheme in America. Back in the USA, he is now utilizing all of his knowledge from New Zealand, and facing new and different challenges in order to set up In Zone Illinois, pulling together a new group of teens and youth workers to be pioneers on the other side of the world from where it all began.