YES Alumni

Emily Hacket Pain

Founder & CEO of Paper Pens Pencils


Emily is the founder and CEO of Paper Pens Pencils – a not-for-profit which distributes unused stationery that was otherwise destined for landfill, to students at low decile schools to ensure that every child gets a fair start at school and has the opportunity to achieve.

To date, Emily has donated over 50,000 items of stationery to 27 low decile schools in Auckland, Fiji and the Cook Islands, helping over 12,700 students. Emily has scaled her operation by targeting ten major companies such as Warehouse Stationery, Croxley, Whitcoulls, Bic and Office Max to donate their unused stationery to the cause.

Emily has recently won the GirlBoss Community Award and Kiwibank Local Hero Award for her social enterprise.