We are a Youth and whanau support agency based at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus in New Brighton. We have worked for over 30 years on the East of Christchurch, running a wide variety of programmes, clubs, groups, events and various supports for hundreds of people each week. A small staff team, is supported by an army of volunteers who want to make their community a better place!
Mission: Building Bright Futures with Young People in East Christchurch.
We currently do this through 10 key areas:
- Weekly Clubs
Our weekly after school and evening clubs including: Tamatāne Boys Club (Years 1 – 6), Kōtirotiro Girls Club (Years 1 – 6), Kitchen Klub (Years 6-9), Craft Club (Years 6 – 9), Rock Solid (Years 7 – 8), Surge (Years 9 – 13), Basketball (Years 3 – 6)
- School Programmes
Supporting the students in class, on lunchtimes, and through extra curricula activities at Rawhiti Primary School & Shirley Boys High School
- Holiday Programmes
These run for three different age categories, Years 1 – 3, 4 – 6 & 5 – 9 in the first week every school holidays. We also run Breakaway programmes for Years 7 – 13 in December and July holidays. (To Holiday Programmes)
We take youth on overnight and weekends away throughout the year, such as Easter Camp, Winter Camp, Surge Summer Camp, Famine Sleepover, AMPED Camp, Father Son Camps: Intermediates/Teens and Mother Daughter Days.
- One on One.
Mentoring & Counselling: We provide a counsellor in 3 of our local schools each week for more specialist support for children and employ a mentoring coordinator who matches mentees and mentors for relational support, goal setting and a lot of encouragement.
- Mana Ake
Wellbeing and mental health support workers in local primary schools, for children and whanau. (To Mana Ake)
- Community Events
Large community events such as I Love New Brighton, School Fairs, EPIC Dance Parties & our Family Fun Night.
- Parenting & Pre-school
Programmes and partnerships such as our two Beach Tots Playgroups, Breast-feeding Drop In, Parenting Seminars, Babysitting Training for teens, Parenting Toolbox Courses and Young Parents Antenatal Classes.
- Amplify Music School
Musical instrument Lessons, Youth Bands and music recording in our purpose build music rooms and in schools. ( To Amplify School of Music)
- Volunteer Training and Support
We recruit, train and encourage volunteers to work in their community, on events, programmes and training events. We also host interns.
The 5 Ways of Wellbeing
Youth Alive Trust believes in the ‘5 Ways of Wellbeing’ and they fit into all our programmes! Here are some examples how we’re making a difference in the wellbeing of young people:
1. Connect, me whakawhanaunga. Connecting young people with adult role models/youth workers/mentors. Creating a place of belonging. Connecting to people different to you, and creating new friendships. Connecting to a larger organisation with other support networks and connections to specialist agencies.
2. Give, tukua. Volunteers and mentors giving of their time. Giving back to their communities through the youth programmes, community events and community service projects.
3. Take notice, me aro tonu. Self reflecting in mentoring sessions. Goal setting and celebrations once they’ve been achieved. Inspirational and spiritual talks that stimulate thoughts of who they are in their community and the wider world. Teaching and modelling of values.
4. Keep learning, me ako tonu. Music lessons. Sports training. Skills training such as crafts, cooking, activities, camps and new experiences. Training nights for volunteers.
5. Be active, me kori tonu. Volunteers running and joining-in the physical activities on youth programmes, such as sports, games, ice skating, table tennis, basketball, etc. Mentees getting away from their screens and doing something active with their mentor, such as a walk, frisbee or kicking a ball.
Our Vision for the east of Christchurch is to provide 1) “Safe” places that children, young people and families are 2) “Supported Holistically” (socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) in a friendly and 3) “Fun” environment. Programmes are led by enthusiastic and compassionate staff and volunteers who take every opportunity to build self esteem and try new activities through oodles of 4) “Encouragement”. We provide an exciting and vibrant community, whose values are built on the Christian 5) “Faith”, that discriminates nobody and offers extra grace when often needed. This 6) “Inclusive” attitude attracts people from a wide variety of circumstances, particularly those from low socio economic backgrounds, and those considered ‘At-Risk’ to themselves or others. We recognise that we cannot do it alone, so we refer, 7) “Network” and collaborate with many agencies to provide the best possible support for the people we walk alongside. We provide opportunities and training that encourages young people to serve others in various 8) “Leadership” capacities, that inspires a future of hope and makes both their and our world a better and brighter place!
In 1988, the leaders of New Brighton Baptist Church saw the need to serve the most vulnerable and needy members of their community. They established “Youth Alive Trust” as a vehicle to serve the young people of the community through programmes, events and their staff and volunteers. The original trust deed dated 27th September 1989 says that the purpose of the trust is to provide a “practical Christian service….in such a manner as to carry with it a good Christian testimony so that those served in any way will experience the worth and concern of Christian love” (quoted from the original trust deed).
Signed by Pastor Grant Brewster and the two other trustees, they employed Andrew Hill as their first community youth worker, who set-up and established the first Holiday Programmes and after school clubs. Through different team leaders, interns and staff, the trust grew and diversified into many different areas. Historic programmes included the Friday Night “Sandpit Drop-In”, Genesis Girls Group, Sublime, B.A.S.E, Trinity Club, Champions Boys Club, 3:15 Club and the massive South, North & Central Holiday Programmes. We’ve had hundreds of volunteers, staff and interns over our 25 years, including Trust Managers Ross Banbury (1995 – 2001), Doug McConnell (2001 – 2005) & James Ridpath (2005 to present). Contact us if you’re part of our Alumni and want to be kept upto date with what’s going on.
In the aftermath of the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes, the profile and work of Youth Alive Trust grew even further. They were involved in many post earthquakes programmes, activities and events, which eventually saw them honoured with an Earthquake Award from the Christchurch City Council. It also kick-started plans for the renovation of the building they have been based at since 1991, into a more purpose built Youth & Community Centre. The building work has led to even more programmes, and partnerships with other community organisations to offer wider support for the family. Read about some of the long term impacts of our work through the Amber-Rose Story.
To provide a place where young people are safe and feel safe - on our programmes, in our building and with our leaders. Safe from bullying, safe from abuse, safe from gangs, safe from negative peer pressure, and safe to be themselves.
Recognising and supporting all the key areas of growth needed in an individual - socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
To provide programmes and activities that bring enjoyment, smiles and laughs to everyone involved - young people and volunteers. Laughter is a great medicine and we want to provide programmes that are appealing and create long lasting positive memories.
We provide oodles of positive affirmations, Hi-5's and big smiles that build self esteem and encouragement a 'have a go' attitude. 'Put-downs' and 'shaming' are not acceptable.
We do not discriminate against anyone from being a part of our programmes, whatever race, culture, religion, gender, or behavioural issue. Everyone starts with a clean slate and much grace is offered for those who slip.
Our values, code of conduct and morals are based on the Christian faith. These are modelled to young people and shared when appropriate. Matt 22 v 37-40 - Love God, Love your Neighbour.
Encouraging young people to be positive influences in their home, school and community. We aim to build up new young leaders and feed them back into the programmes that they were once a part of or other community, school or government programmes.
We aim to integrate ourselves into community life, networking with other community groups, schools, the police and council. We believe we are stronger working together than alone.
Our Team (2021)
Our Team (2021)
Our current employed staff are:
|James Ridpath||Trust Manager (Since 2004)|
|David Du Preez||Programmes & HR Manager (Since 2018)|
|Paddy Caffell||Youthworker (Since 2018)|
|Melissa Moore||Youthworker (Since 2018)|
|Hannah Donald||OSCAR Coordinator (2021)|
|Jayden Wall||Youthworker (Since 2020)|
|Esther Pickering||Volunteer Coordinator (Since 2018)|
|Anna Spark||Youthworker (Since 2019)|
|Finn Palmer||Trainee Youthworker (Since 2020)|
|Joel Brittenden||Mana Ake Team Leader (Since 2018)|
|Amy Lloyd||Mana Ake (Since 2019)|
|Kim Button||Mana Ake (Since 2020)|
|Rachel Dawson||Mana Ake (Since 2021)|
|Sam Sterritt||Financial Administrator (Since 2019)|
|Valeria (Lia) Millicent Legutua||Mana Ake Intern (Since 2021)|
|Finn Chirnside||Amplify & Mentoring Coordinator (Since 2020)|
|Teish Nicholson||Beach Campus Partnership Coordinator (previously Administrator) (Since 2011)|
|Hannah Ashwell||Praxis Intern (Since 2021)|
Our 2021 Teams are (* denotes Coordinator Positions):
Years 1-3 Kea Holiday Programme
Years 4 -6 Pukeko Holiday Programme
Years 7-9 Piwakawaka Holiday Programme
Intermediate Breakaway Holiday Activities
Teens Breakaway Holiday Activities
Primary Schools Youthworkers
Jayden Wall, Melissa Moore
Kōtirotiro Girls Clubs
Melissa Moore*, Anna Spark, Hannah Ashwell, Abbie Short, Kezia Berkhan, Alicia Branson, Bailey Cowie, Maliyah Iosefo, Erin Field, Ruby Froggatt, Kiara Brady, Jasmine McMath, Isabella Harniess, Zoe Fairweather
Tamatāne Boys Club
Jayden Wall*, Paddy Caffell, Finn Palmer, Henry Beeby-Zeier, Connor Pittam, Bradley Moore, Nathan Jaeger, Joel Robinson, Alex Bradley, Samuel Kinley
Melissa Moore*, Jayden Wall, James Ridpath, Hannah Donald, Henry Beeby-Zeier, Jess Reynolds, Hayley Reynolds, Nathan Jaeger, Logan Church, Philip Tuck
Paddy Caffell*, Esther Pickering, Anna Spark, Finn Palmer, Hannah Ashwell, Emma Crichton, Henry Beeby-Zeier, Andrei Talili, Catherine Peel, Philip Tuck, Ethan Coster, Isabella Major, Mel De Lange, Rikus De Lange, Ruby Simpson, Nicole Wang, Myah Robinson
Hannah Donald*, Finn Palmer, Irene Astwood, Hayley Reynolds, Iscyss Ruiter, Ruby Froggatt, Samuel Kinley
Anna Spark*, Valeria (Lia) Millicent Legutua, Jaxon
Hannah Donald*, Melissa Moore, Aneisha Polglase, Lily O'Neil, Jasmine McMath
Hannah Donald*, Finn Palmer, Valeria (Lia) Millicent Legutua, Henry Beeby-Zeier
Joel Brittenden, Amy Lloyd, Kim Button, Rachael Dawson, Valeria (Lia) Millicent Legutua (Intern)
Andrew Hill, Deborah Swaney, Scott Pickering, Tony Walter, Clark Alcock
We send out newsletters periodically to report on what’s been happening at the Trust and what our staff has been up to. If you would like to receive our newsletter, see the signup field at the bottom of the page.
- 2020 Spring Newsletter
- 2019 Autumn Newsletter
- 2017 Spring Newsletter
- 2017 Autumn Newsletter View more
- 2016 Spring Newsletter
- 2015 Winter Newsletter
- 2014 Spring Newsletter
- 2014 Autumn Newsletter
- 2013 Winter Newsletter
- 2012 Spring Newsletter
- 2012 Staff Newsletter
- 2012 Term 1 Newsletter
- 2011 Winter Newsletter
- Youthworkers in Rawhiti 2019 Mid Year Report
- Youthworkers in Rawhiti 2018 Mid Year Report
- Youthworkers in Rawhiti 2017 Mid Year Report
- Youthworkers in SNBS 2017 Mid Year Report View more
- Counselling Report - Belfast 2017
- Counselling Report - New Brighton Catholic 2017
- Counselling Report - Rawhiti 2017
- Youthworkers in Avonside Girls 2016 Term 2
- Youthworkers in SNBS 2016 Mid Year Report
- Youthworkers in Rawhiti 2016 Mid Year Report
- Youthworkers in Avonside Girls 2016 Term 1
- Youthworkers in Rawhiti Term 4 2015 Report
- Youthworkers in Rawhiti School Mid-Year 2015
- Youthworkers in Avonside Term 2 2015
- Youthworkers in South New Brighton School Term 1 & 2 2015
- Library Youthworker Report 2015 Term 1
- Youthworkers in SNBS Term 3 & 4 2014
- Library Youthworker Report 2014 Term 4
- Library Youthworker Report 2014 Term 2
- Youthworkers in NNB Term 2 2014 Report
- Youthworkers in CNB Term 2 2014 Report
- Library Youthworker Report 2014 Term 1
- Avonside Girls Term 1 2014 Report
- Shirley Boys Term 1 2014 Report
- Male Mentor Term 1 Report 2014
- Father Son Camp Report
- Breakaway Report January 2014
- Library Youthworker Report 2013 Term 4
- Music & Youthwork Research Paper - Josiah Dayo
- Male Mentor Term 4 Report 2013
- Breakaway Report December 2013
- Aranui High 24-7 Report Term 3 2013
- Library Youthworker Report 2013 Term 3
- Male Mentor Term 3 Report 2013
- Queenstown Winter Camp Report
- Aranui High 24-7 Report Term 2 2013
- Male Mentor Term 2 Report 2013
- Aranui High 24-7 Report Term 1 2013
- Breakaway Report April 2013
- Male Mentor Term 1 Report 2013
- Library Activities Report January 2013
- Breakaway Report January 2013
- Male Mentor Term 4 Report 2012
- Male Mentor Term 3 Report 2012
- Male Mentor Term 2 Report 2012
- Post Earthquake Activities by Youth Alive Trust 2011
Canterbury Youth Workers Collective
Youth Alive Trust is a member of the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective. We abide by their Code of Ethics, all our staff are individual members and we attend appropriate training throughout the year.
Our Holiday Programmes are a part of the Oscar Network in Christchurch. We attend local support meetings, obtain advise, get ideas from newsletters and attend training when appropriate.
We often send trainee interns to complete the Praxis course, and team with them on the progression of the staff member.
24-7 Youth Work
24-7 YouthWork is a network of schools youthworkers, based in schools all around the country. We use the 24-7 framework in our partnership with Shirley Boys High School & Avonside Girls High School, and are part of their training and support.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
We partner with Big Brother Big Sister to provide mentors for young people in Central New Brighton Primary School and in the community. The presence of mentoring relationships such as these has been proven to be key in bringing hope to young lives, helping to keep them out of trouble and therefore giving them a future.
Christchurch City Council
We join with and support local Christchurch City Events by sending our staff and volunteers to events such as the Skate Jam, I Love New Brighton and . We sit within the Burwood Pegasus Board Area and attend their locally organised community network meetings and give youth advice and support when asked.
We are an Approved UpstreamNZ Good Cause you can choose to impact when you purchase something or a service through an Approved UpstreamNZ Supplier.
Christchurch City Libraries
We have a contract with Christchurch City Libraries to supply paid youthworkers everyday of the week in New Brighton Library.
New Brighton Community Safety Partnership
We are one of the committee members of this group, set up to form ideas, make plans and implement ways to make and keep New Brighton a safer place for everyone. Members are: Renew Brighton, Youth Alive Trust, New Brighton Project, Positive Directions Trust, New Brighton Business and Landowners Association, New Zealand Police and Christchurch City Council.
I Love New Brighton
An annual event organised by a few key community groups, including Youth Alive Trust, Christchurch City Council, Rawhiti Community Sports Inc and New Brighton Project
We are a part of a collaborative of local community groups that meet regularly to network, share resource and strategising to see Greater Brighton celebrated as a thriving, vibrant, self reliant village. Other agencies include New Brighton Community Gardens, Positive Directions Trust, New Brighton Project, Te Waka Aroha - St Faith's New Brighton.
We run joint EPIC Events with a number of other local youth agenices, including Dance Parties and Sk8 Disco's. The 5 intermediate groups involved in organising the events were; Rock Solid (Youth Alive Trust), City East (Gen Z), Activ8 (Parklands Baptist), Powerhouse (Burwood Christian Centre) & Xplode (Breezers Road Baptist), with the support of Blue Light Canterbury.
Canterbury Youth Services
We are a part of the Canterbury Youth Services network and attend training, camps and meetings with other members.
We are registered with the Charities Commission of New Zealand, as advised by the IRD, grant making bodies and the government.
Keep updated with all our latest Reports from the different areas of Youth Alive Trust
Youth Alive Trust is a registered charity and submits financial reports to the Charities Commission each year. View our audited accounts at the Charities Commission register.
As a community organisation we value the support of a number of other agencies, partners and networks. These are our friends: