The Portfolio Project

Empowering & Providing Opportunities to Disadvantaged Young People or Young People With A Disability Through Creativity. Awarded By The Youth Sector.

About Us

Is a not-for-profit social enterprise program that enables young people who are disadvantaged or with a disability, to pursue a career in the creative industries. The program allows participants to work on real briefs for real clients.

In its first year the program participants – none had any experience in advertising – created several campaigns and interned in some of Sydney’s best ad agencies.

Two campaigns were entered into award shows. And what do you know? We won. Twice. Up against multinational agency networks with multi-million dollar ad campaigns.

We Where Awarded By The State Peak Governing Body For The Youth Services in Australia NSW:

Our Spotify Campaign Ad



Past & Present

Award Winning Campaign Young People Worked On

In The Media


Tongue has given a taste of agency life to a young job seeker through a partnership with Disability Services Australia and Goodwill Freelancers. The Internship took place under the guidance of Hugh Munro, strategy director, who provided the opportunity for Hayley to take on various tasks within the strategy department at Tongue.

Paid Work

Grey Health Group has taken on two ex-Portfolio Project participants, an advertising creative program created to help develop creative skills of young talented job seekers with a disability, using real briefs to upskill participants to industry level.

Tim Brierley, managing partner and creative director, Grey Health Group has taken on the two ex-participants on a paid freelance basis after the organisers of The Portfolio Project contacted Brierley and submitted folios.

Latest Free Course

he Portfolio Project, which re-launched earlier this year, has released a free live 4 week/4 hour per week free course online via Zoom or in-person to young people accessing disadvantaged Youth Services & Disability Services.


The Portfolio Project has also launched a Spotify campaign to promote the new course. Says Richard Kahotea, co-founder, The Portfolio Project: “The Portfolio Project have launched a new free 4 week online or in- person course to young people accessing youth or disability services “We wanted to be able to reach more young people across Australia, not just in Sydney & Melbourne.”

Message From Co-Founder – Ken “Duncan” Yoshida Mah


Who Are We?

Richard Kahotea – Co-Founder

Richard is a Creative Director and Senior Creative in advertising, having worked at some of the best agencies globally, and is highly awarded for creative campaigns and marketing effectiveness. He also has management experience in the Youth Sector, working to empower disadvantaged youth and provide support for their needs.

Ken “Duncan” Yoshida-Mah – Co-Founder

Ken is an award-winning advertising creative & an ex UX/UI web designer, having worked on projects for international clients right through to federally funded projects. In addition, he does marketing and designs stuff to make them look pretty.

Contact Us

WhatsApp: +61421 867 212