Haere taka mua, taka muri kaua e whai.

Be a leader not a follower

Youth Development

Nau mai haere mai ki ngā rangatahi katoa. 

Here at our Y we are encouraging youth to follow their passion and work hard to achieve their goals. YMCA Youth Development and Education teams  deliver a number of community programmes and services that support the growth and development of skills, and connections young people need to reach their potential while working in with our values Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring.

Currently we have no Youth development programmes running. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Snr Youth Rotorua Trip

Break Away

11-18 yrs

Break Away is a FREE holiday programme that runs during the January School Holidays – We have a bus that collects from Flaxmere and our Hastings Office.

YMCA provides access to a range of constructive activities, both physical and non-physical, for ”at risk” youth during the school holidays. The programme helps young people build their social, interpersonal and communication skills, so that they can manage and respond positively to challenges and make positive choices about their lives.  

The programme targets young people aged between 11 – 18 years who would not normally attend a school holiday programme.

Keep an eye out on our website for more information as the time gets closer!

Young Leaders Camps

13-18 years.

The aim of our Young Leader Camps is to provide opportunities for young people, aged 13-18, to build confidence and develop their personal leadership qualities and skills.  These skills will be utilized in their communities and environments.

This training provides young people with knowledge and experience to lead themselves and others.

Karawhuia – Transition to Learning

9-12 years.

Karawhauia is a collaboration between between Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Education (MoE) and the YMCA. The programme provides support and learning opportunities to young people (9-12 year old children)  who are not engaged in mainstream education.

The programme identifies and supports the needs of a young person as they prepare to transition back into school.

Raise Up

13-18 years.

This is a youth development programme that is run by youth for youth. Raise up provides opportunities to develop young people’s leadership skills whilst planning, implementing and delivering youth focused events within their communities.

The aim is to empower young people to foster a sense of pride and respect for themselves, and the communities in which they live in, through personal ownership and leadership development.