Raise Up at YMCA Auckland

Aiding youth development through Raise Up - run by youth for youth

Raise Up is YMCA's youth development programme and is unique because it is run by youth, for youth. Every year YMCA re-invests over $350,000 into local communities through our youth development programme and activities.  

Raise Up aims 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. Since starting in 2002, Raise Up has grown to provide opportunities in 11 different communities . Each location has a crew made up of young people from the local community. Crews are tasked with identifying the needs of young people in their community and responding with events, workshops, activities and initiatives.

Our local Raise Up crews deliver some of Auckland's largest youth events including 'Walk The Line', the only youth produced fashion show at New Zealand Fashion Week. The programme has grown to engage and attracted over 15000 young people every year. The young people involved in the programme have given back over 18000 hours of voluntary community service in the last 12 months.

Importantly Raise Up is a drug and alcohol free programme providing a safe environment for young people to test their personal boundaries and develop as individuals.

Funding Raise Up

As a not for profit organisation YMCA Auckland is committed to re-investing back into local communities. Every year YMCA invests over $350,000 to deliver Raise Up in 11 locations across Auckland and Hamilton.

We are incredibly grateful to our funders and partners whose continued support has enabled us to expand our programme into more locations and ensured we can continue to provide high-quality programming.


For more information on Raise Up visit the programme website

What Does RaiseUp Look Like?

Raise Up operates crews in 11 locations accross Auckland & Hamilton.

Latest Raise Up News

James Toohey Mt Albert

James Toohey: Raising up!

According to recent research by Auckland Council, there are almost 500,000 children and young people living in Auckland alone. That means almost 40% of Auckland’s total population is under the age of 25. This figure rises to as high as 52% in some local board areas, but either way, has the potential to give vibrancy to Auckland, if the vision and energy of those young people are channeled. YMCA Auckland’s youth development programme, Raise Up, is doing just that!

Find out how James Toohey from the Mt Albert Community is benefiting from YMCA's partnership with Outward Bound.

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Jordan Matakatea Massey

Raising Up young people, like Jordan

In West Auckland, the Raise Up crew for 2014 was comprised of young people from a range of backgrounds, including representatives from five of the local high schools. One such young person is 15 year old Massey High School student, Jordan Matakatea, who has been part of the Raise Up Crew based at Massey for the last three years.

Read about Jordan's journey with RaiseUp and YMCA.

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From the Crew to Coordination – and a handful of roles in between

Conin Bowker has been working with YMCA Auckland since 2013, and in March he stepped into the role of Raise Up Coordinator based at Massey Leisure Centre managed by YMCA.  Prior to this appointment, he had helped with the Raise Up Crew for several years, particularly with their dance events.  Conin is also the Gymnastics Coordinator for YMCA Auckland.

From crew member to staff member read about Conin's journey in YMCA.

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