Click Happy in Libraries


How do we get Click Happy to our library?

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A letter of support would be greatly appreciated for our funding reports. This letter will also greatly improve future funding for events happening again in your region.

Read about our program in the Education Gazette

Check out what a workshop looks like and some of the art created by the students in the workshops


I've become more confident in my photography skills. I am grittier. I am not afraid to fail forward, and I have met a lot of new people who are passionate about the same things I am.

Jumana - 13 - Hamilton Girls' High School


Now when I take photos I think more about the story, angles, composition and lots more that makes a good photo instead of just pushing down the button.

Hazel - 12 - Royal Oak Intermediate


I feel that I have became more confident in taking photos in general. It used to be quite scary taking photos in public but I have grown the confidence to that now.

Scarlett - 13 - Nga Tawa


I’m more confident in my control over the outcome of an image through using manual settings and have become more free in the way I make my images.

Dani - 16 - Homeschooler


I've of course become more confident in my photography skills but also I have learned persistence and becoming a more strong and independent person.

Amber - 13 - Caramel College


Thanks to Click Happy, I'm not afraid to be myself, and to express my creativity through photography.

Jun - 18 - Graduate of Papakura Highschool


I had a wonderful experience with the Click Happy Program , I didn't expect it would be like this at all , there's a lot of learning and I need to go back to my presentation files and read them again to grasp all the learning as its not just about photography but it teaches you important life skills

Skyler - 11 - Royal Oak Intermediate


I've developed my creativity and grit and learned more about some important concepts in photography.

Humaira - 16 - Zayed College for Girls


Everyone there is so kind with great positive feedback also to help improve, and i've learnt so much about photography since the beginning

Ariana - 12 - Chilton St. James


I am more confident in my photography skills and less afraid to step out of my comfort zone, to make mistakes and take risks.

Sariah - 16 - TKKM ō Te Kotuku


My skills have definitely gotten better. I found out a way that I can sorta tell a story within photography which I find really useful.

Sydney - 15 - Taupo Nui-a-Tia College


For me Click happy was a great way to extend further outside my comfort zone. I have never really been somebody who liked posting pictures of myself but Click Happy has been a really great space in experimenting with self portraits and other various skills. I have learned that perfection isn’t everything and that even if I don’t finish something, tomorrow gives me reason to try harder and create something new and inspiring. I am not afraid to fail, I am more experimental and I have gained more experience through this course.

Kriya - 14 - Carmel College


I used to be a very shy and nonindependent person, Click Happy helped me learn that I can be myself, I know that i have Definitely grown as a person this summer. I enjoyed Meeting new people, having such a great teacher and student mentors (Mandi you are always so supportive and positive. You give me feedback that makes me so happy and feel like I have accomplished something). I also really liked doing new challenges eg things u would never do.

Jessie - 12 - St Josephs (2021) St Kevins College (2022)


I am grittier and am more confident that I can complete long term goals and tasks like this course. It made me persevere and find new ways to problem solve and think outside the box. I liked the PAD challenge, & even though sometimes I edited all my photos at once I’m very very proud of myself for taking a photo every single day - 42/42!!

Gin - 15 - Waiopehu College


"Getting me into the community a lot more than what I'm used to and I loved how it made you more aware of the beautiful scenes around us that we don't realize on a day to day basis. I also like the way Click Happy along with Mandi was so helpful when I was at the bottom of the grit pit"

Jayden - 13 - Te Kura Kaupapa O Pohutukawa MSWA

("the grit pit" is when you stretch out of your comfort zone and find yourself struggling or in a free fall as you transition between what you know and what is unknown but where good growth lies. I showed this in a diagram but the kids labeled it themselves "the Grit Pit")

Nico Febery – 11 – Waikato

I liked how we had difficult tasks but they weren't super difficult. It has let me start volunteering to take photos for kids greening taupo and made me love photography even more.

Nico Febery - 11 - Waikato

Mary Londt – 16 – Waikato

Click Happy is an inspiring course, not only encouraging students to face their fears about photography and art, but also helping them to understand what makes them think and feel, and how they can show that through art. Thank you so much.

Mary Londt - 16 - Waikato

Neha Arunkumar – 17 – Lower Hutt

If I could describe this course in one word, I'd have to say, "inspiring". Mandi really opened our eyes to the wider world of photography and how it's more than just "taking a picture". Furthermore, we have learnt skills that allow us to adapt our thoughts and ideas, allowing us to create art that we were passionate about. All I can say is, THANK YOU 🙂

Neha Arunkumar - 17 - Lower Hutt

Senna Watson – 13 – Waikato

I loved the passion that was put into all of our teaching, and the way you made sure all of us were on the same page. I loved the way you made our mental wellbeing a big part of it! 🙂

Senna Watson - 13 - Waikato

Khanya Ndebele – 16 – Rodney/North Shore District

Click Happy is a really good course that has really gotten me to open my eyes in terms of photography! I've learnt an extraordinary amount during this course. I appreciate how everyone involved is so kind and welcoming. The constructive criticism is very helpful and makes me think about how I could improve my work in many different aspects. The amount of creativity I have encountered in these people is phenomenal. I really value the opportunity I received to take part in this scholarship course.

Khanya Ndebele - 16 - Rodney/North Shore District

Elsie Palmer year 10 – New Plymouth

Elsie was in our post COVID intake where we ran our first Click Happy Plus Scholarship program
"Hi Mandi,
This is Elsie, and I was just emailing to tell you that I just had my first successful art gallery exhibition! I sold 5 of my flower prints at an art exhibition at a local gallery called The Collaboration. Thank you so much for helping with my photography I don’t think I would have made it this far without your guidance."

Elsie Palmer year 10 - New Plymouth

Te Kahariki Waitai – 15 – Otaki

I loved the mentor and the environment she created. I really enjoyed having a purpose for my photos, like I take lots of photos but this cause has given them a background story. I want people to be able to feel my images. I feel like I have learnt a lot about how to achieve that during this course.

Te Kahariki Waitai - 15 - Otaki

Chris Pigott, Manager Libraries & Museum

"The workshops in three of our libraries were well-facilitated and well-attended. Mandi Lynn was confident and professional with the participants. The sessions were an appropriate mix of some theory and proportionately more activity – students learning through doing, with an expert hand to guide them.
There would be real value in Click-Happy courses continuing, particularly in areas like the Far North, where there are high levels of social deprivation and limited access to quality equipment and instruction. These sessions also have the potential to flick a switch for some of the participants and open up potential career pathways that they may not have realized existed.
We recommend the Click-Happy, and hope that it continues and grows."

Chris Pigott, Manager Libraries & Museum

Yahvi Dhabuwala – 13 – Wellington

“These 8 weeks have been a fantastic new experience for me. I was a little nervous at first to meet new people but I am very happy I got over that. There was definitely no reason to be
nervous! The contents of the coarse was great for a beginner like me, we learnt the basic techniques of photography and had a good amount of time to master them. The homework for
the coarse was challenging at times but it took up just the right amount of time. It taught me commitment and grit. Moreover this coarse wasn't just about photography, we talked a lot
about body image and compassion and we learnt to be kind to ourselves and others. Over all I am very glad to have participated, everyone was very welcoming and kind. Mandi, it was an
honour to learn from you, you are an amazing mentor! Thank you so much!”

Yahvi Dhabuwala - 13 - Wellington


“Great course with an high energy, very talented photographer. My daughter started to think out of
the box and loved the practical side to it. She learnt a lot. Wish I had that opportunity at her age.”

Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity…

Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity you gave my daughter to participate at your Click Happy course!

In your course she met other girls of similar age and interest and explored her creativity in a very kind and safe environment. Not only did she learn the basics of photography, composition and presentation in a fun and playful manner, moreover the course concentrated on topics like self compassion , body compassion, emotional literacy, mindfulness and resilience. The participants explored emotional needs, learned how to express them artistically and how to present their work without fear of being exposed. Doing this they sometimes had to push through feelings of frustration with grit and tenacity and even ventured outside their comfort zone. The girls learned how to support each other and how to give and receive kind and constructive critique.

What a great tool for kids to learn at this age! I wished this could be part of every school curriculum.

At all times we parents were well informed and included. Several times you contacted us via phone to ensure the girls’ well-being especially when you touched on some more sensitive topics during your course. My daughter and I both felt very well looked after, cared for and safe throughout your course.

Mandi, I think you are an amazing mentor both for creativity and well-being and we hope that you will be able to continue with your great work.

Thank you!

What do Librarians and Youth Arts Curators want?

We have been travelling the country working with libraries, learning hubs and museums and these are the things we have found to be true.

That youth librarians and curators with a focus on youth engagement want:

  • To engage and delight the community with their programming slate.
  • Develop programming that showcases the facility as a fun, relevant, cutting edge place to be.
  • To have their work be a hub for community building.
  • To share their love of lifelong learning.
  • To have fun at work and continue learning themselves.
  • To stretch the programming dollar as far as possible.
  • To positively impact the wellbeing of their communities.
  • To engage tweens and teens.

We help facilities to achieve the above which is why we have a waiting list of 16 regions that are keen to bring our programs to them and 15 regions that just received the first round of our Click Happy programming.

Click Happy Visual Poetry Jams in Libraries and Museums

What is Click Happy?

Click Happy is an award-winning wellbeing and innovation mindset program that is hidden inside a hands-on engaging photography workshop.

The Click Happy Visual Poetry Jams are opportunities for schools to meet up in the neutral ground of the library and collaborate and create art that builds community.

It is a day-long workshop held at the library or a library run building that teaches the following

  • Cellphonography - how to unlock the power of your cellphone's camera so you can use it like a DSLR (the fancy big cameras)
  • Mobile editing - how to quickly edit your photos using a free version of the tools used by pro photographers
  • Monochromatic Photography - We have 9 boxes each holding a different colour of treasures inside.
  • Taonga - Students are asked to bring something that they consider a personal treasure with them to photograph.
  • Creative Grit - What is needed to truly develop your talent

The students get a taste of Click Happy and then are invited to join us for a term of mentorship where they get support to create a photo essay of something they are passionate about.



What does it cost our facility to host a Visual Poetry Jam Session?

Nothing out of pocket but there is an investment of a librarians time to help promote the workshops with schools and organize space in the library and write a letter of request.

We do the work of getting grants to cover the cost of the road trip and facilitation as well as the National online program.   Click Happy is funded from grants from COGS, District boards, and Creative Communities Funding.

Benefits to Libraries / Arts Centres Staff

  • Professional Development Opportunity for staff
    • We train your staff to host local Click Happy workshops that use photography to promote well-being and community connection.
      • these workshops emphasize our Creative Embodiment model which looks at 4 brain development to help students to "Be Good and Do Good" In the world.
        • Brain 1 - Head Brain - Creative inspiration and problem solving
        • Brain 2 - Heart Brain - Non-Violent Communication skill building and Belonging development and Compassion skill building
        • Brain 3 - Gut Brain - Resilience,  Grit Tools
        • Brain 4 - Ground Brain - How our creations impact our community, How we leave the planet better than we found it.
    • This is done over the summer in an online program and then training carries on for term 1 in anticipation of creating a term two program that suits the needs of your library.
  • Connect with a national network of educators keen to share and co-create new ways to use arts to teach well-being skills.


Examples of the Click Happy Student's Monochromatic Work

Screenshot_20220227-175245 - Jumana Fouda
Luné fairy house20220221215528 - Lucelle Erasmus
IMG_7966 (1) - Briana Taylor
Screenshot_20220309-142223_Lightroom - Hina Saeed

Help us create a national youth exhibition of work

At each stop around the country, students are asked to bring their Toanga.  They photograph it using our monochromatic backgrounds in all the colours of the rainbow.

These images will then be curated by our youth curators at Click Happy, which are our advanced students.  The goal is that the selected images will be printed and exhibited in the form of a kinetic rainbow at the 2023 Auckland Festival of Photography.




Who are the Visual Poetry Jams for?

  • Years 7-10 in school (we are not rigid on this and will let schools make the call on who is best to attend)
  • Love photography or any form of visual storytelling.
  • Have access to a cellphone or camera for after the workshop to practice on.
  • Must be able to bring a device (phone, Ipad, or camera) to the workshop.

Can parents attend?

  • Depends on the number of students attending and the space available in the library.  If there is space then yes.

Sounds Great!  What do we need to do to become a collaborative partner with Click Happy?

  • Send a letter on library letterhead stating you are willing to provide space and will act as the liaison between Click Happy and the schools.
  • Support us to connect with local schools to have them nominate students to be part of the program.
  • Connect with homeschoolers to register as well.
  • Confirm dates
  • We will run the workshop, and provide photos after the event to use in your library PR.
  • If it goes well write us a letter of recommendation so that we can continue to be seen favourably by the local funding bodies.

Here is a wireframe we put together of who is exactly responsible for what that might help to clarify things


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Chris Pigott, Manager Libraries & Museum

"The workshops in three of our libraries were well-facilitated and well-attended. Mandi Lynn was confident and professional with the participants. The sessions were an appropriate mix of some theory and proportionately more activity – students learning through doing, with an expert hand to guide them.
There would be real value in Click-Happy courses continuing, particularly in areas like the Far North, where there are high levels of social deprivation and limited access to quality equipment and instruction. These sessions also have the potential to flick a switch for some of the participants and open up potential career pathways that they may not have realized existed.
We recommend the Click-Happy, and hope that it continues and grows."

Chris Pigott, Manager Libraries & Museum
433EB5D9-94FB-44BF-977F-2D0DDB1FD627 - Faithe Hanrahan

Our wonderfully amazing brilliant funders & sponsors

Every Body Is A Treasure Charitable Trust
Funders & Sponsors 2020/2021/2022/2023/2024
Lotto Scale-Up Wellington Community Trust ANZ

  • Far North
  • Rodney North Shore
  • Waitakere City
  • Manukau
  • Papakura Franklin
  • Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City
  • South Waikato
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Hutt Valley
  • Wellington
  • Central Otago
  • Coastal Otago / Waitaki
  • Wairarapa
  • Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga
  • Tamatea / Tamaki-Nui-A-Rua
  • Great Barrier
  • Manawatu / Horowhenua
  • Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei
  • Auckland City
  • South Taranaki
  • Marlborough
  • Mataatua
  • Whangarei / Kaipara

  • Invercargill
  • Henderson
  • Kaipatiki
  • Masterton
  • Manukau
  • Waikato
  • Hamilton
  • Wellington
  • West Auckland
  • Papakura
  • North Shore
  • Waitomo
  • Rangitīkei
  • Dunedin
  • Taupo
Cossie Club
Thames District Council Auckland City Council Papakura Local Board

And Youth Librarians! We had no idea how amazing these community treasures are until recently! Thank you to all of the Youth Librarians who have seen the beauty in the project and have invited us to bring it to their region and who are helping to spread the word. You have halved our work and quintupled the number of youth who get to experience this program. What gifts!

Click Happy in Libraries

Updated on 2022-10-27T08:21:09+13:00, by Mandi.