Help shape the future

YMCA Youth Advisory Panel

Want to have a say on important issues facing young people? Meet other like-minded people? Want to gain experience in planning for the future, or take your first steps into strategic planning and future outcomes? Shape the future of one of New Zealand's oldest youth-oriented organisations? This is an amazing opportunity to share your voice on some of the biggest issues facing our young people. You never know, this could be your first steps into a political career supporting your community.

Launching in 2020, the YMCA Youth Advisory Panel is an initiative that was formed from a need identified by the young people of the YMCA. With the support of the YMCA North Board and CEO Julian Baldey we aim to create a YMCA which continues to strive ahead as a youth-focused organisation. The panel will meet with the YMCA leadership team and the board, working in real-life situations and environments.

The Youth Advisory Panel, made up of  up to 12 young people aged between 16 – 24 years old, will meet monthly to brainstorm, plan, discuss and put forward concepts and initiatives for the YMCA to make sure young people are being represented and supported in the future direction of the organisation. The panel will focus on future-centric issues such as sustainability and mental health.


The Youth Advisory Panel will be run by our Youth Empowerment Supervisor, Chelsey Harnell. Pulling from her experience with local youth boards she will be bring together young people from across Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. 

To be part of the panel, complete an application and we will be in touch.

Successful applications will then go forward to a face-to-face interview before selection onto the panel.

The panel will start meeting from June 2020 - get your applications in now!