Youth in Onehunga

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YMCA is a not-for-profit organisation focussing on two causes: youth development and strengthening families

One of the ways we do this is through Raise Up, our youth development programme run by youth for youth. Raise Up activities include a mixture of regular weekly activities, events, workshops and personal development options. These are tailored to the interests of youth and could include sports, music, dance, fashion, leadership training, art and much more.

Raise Up has been designed to offer youth a safe and positive environment in which to relax, socialise and achieve their goals. 

The programme is run by Raise Up crews who are a group of selected young people representing youth in the community. They are the organising committee and driving force behind many of the events and activities operated for youth throughout YMCA.

The Raise Up crew consists of youth selected from local high schools. Young people can apply to join the crew. Volunteering their time for approximately two hours per week they meet, plan and implement events, weekly activities, outdoor days and educational workshops for their peers. They learn skills such as leadership and event management.

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Raise Up News

Raise Up Ball

Raise Up hosts inclusive ball for Hamilton high school students

A belief that balls should be for everyone inspired the Hamilton Raise Up crew to host their own

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Raise Up the key to Jed’s new-found confidence

Seventeen year-old Jed Stancliffe has transformed from a follower to a leader with a vision thanks to the youth empowerment programme he jumped into three years ago.

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Raise Up helped Chelsey find her niche

Chelsey Harnell found her dream job by pure accident. Now, the 22 year-old has big aspirations for her future and the future of Raise Up.

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