A.J. (Aaron) Hendry is a Youth Worker, writer, podcaster, advocate for social justice, and founder of When Lambs Are Silent.
From West Auckland, Aaron calls Massey home and currently lives in an intentional community with his wife and three kids.
Aaron has been a Youth Worker for over a decade, and began his journey into Youth Development through volunteer work with Massey Community Trust. It was in thiz work with MCT that Aaron first started to get a sense of the reality of housing insecurity and homelessness for rangatahi, and how important it was to addresss this injustice if young people were going to be able to heal and thrive. He has since practiced Youth Work within a variety of contexts including Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Youthline, and currently as the Service Lead for the Lifewise Youth Housing Service.
Aaron is also a member of Manaaki Rangatahi, a collective working to end youth homelessness within Aotearoa.
Aaron has also continued his work with Massey Community Trust, and is currently a board member of the trust, and supporting the development and growth of the Safety Net Project. A grass roots response to youth homelessness within local communities.
Aaron did an undergraduate degree in theology with Laidlaw College and continues to study and engage in this space. He believes that change happens when we engage both our thinking and our actions as we work to be the change we want to see. He also believes in the power of stories as impetus for change, believing that change happens as we engage with one another in Love, coming to the table with a willingness to listen and learn from each other.