We've been supporting youth in New Brighton since 1989! In school, out of school, weekdays, weekends, holidays... you name it, we've got something on. To find out more, read our website, read the newspaper reports, watch our YouTube Videos, or just pop into our offices for a chat.

Our Mission

Our Mission

We are a Youth and Community Development Agency based on the East of Christchurch, that serves hundreds of children, young people and families every week, through our many programmes!  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 New Brighton through Practical Christian Service.

We currently do this through 10 key areas:

  1. Weekly Clubs Our weekly after school and evening clubs including: Boys Club (Years 1 – 6), 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 4 – 13).
  2. School Programmes Supporting the students in class, on lunchtimes, and through extra curricula activities at Rawhiti Primary and South New Brighton Primary Schools.
  3. Holiday Programmes These run for three different age categories, Years 1 – 4, 5 – 9 one week every school holidays and Years 9 – 13 December, January and April.
  4. Camps We take youth on overnight and weekends away throughout the year, such as Easter Camp, Winter Camp, Famine Sleepover, AMPED Camp, Father Son Camp and Mother Daughter Camp.
  5. Mentoring Meeting one-on-one with young people for relational support, goal setting and a lot of encouragement.
  6. Library Youthwork Support in New Brighton Library everyday after school, on weekends, and school holidays.
  7. Community Events Large community events such as I Love New Brighton, School Fairs, EPIC Dance Parties & our Family Fun Night.
  8. Parenting & Pre-school Programmes and partnerships such as – Breast-feeding Drop In, Little Bears Playgroups, Parenting Toolbox Courses, Parenting Seminars, and Babysitting Training.
  9. Amplify Music School Musical Instrument Lessons, Youth Bands and Recording Studio.
  10. Volunteer Training & Support We attract, train and build-up volunteers to work in their community, on events, programmes and training events. We also host interns.

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!

Our History

Our History

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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.

Values

Values

Safety

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.

Holistic Support

Recognising and supporting all the key areas of growth needed in an individual - socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Fun

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.

Encouragement

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.

Inclusive

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.

Faith

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.

Leadership

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.

Networking

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

Our Team

Our current employed staff are:

James Ridpath Trust Manager (2004 - present)
Stephen Dodge Programmes Manager (2012 - present)
Teish Nicholson Administrator (2011 - present)
Josiah Dayo Amplify School of Music Coodinator (2014 - present)
Gemma Phillips Youthworker (2011 - present)
Matt Barnes Primary Schools Youthworker (2012 - present)
Olivia Brown Primary Schools Youthworker (2017 - present)
Rodger Larson-Hewitt Youthworker (2017 - present)

Our 2016 Teams are (* denotes Coordinator Positions):

Senior Holiday Programme

James Ridpath*, Amber Paterson, Teisha Nicholson, Matt Barnes, Amber-Rose Te Huia, Michelle Hammersley, Jayden Wall, Molly Caldwell, Rozelle Flavell

Junior Holiday Programme

Stephen Dodge*, Josiah Dayo, Gemma Phillips, Tyler Collins, Francis Daly, Paige Stephenson

Breakaway Holiday Programme

Josiah Dayo*, Stephen Dodge, Amber Paterson, Gemma Phillips, Rozelle Flavell, Ben Mayo

Primary Schools Youthworkers

Matt Barnes, Amber Paterson, James Ridpath, Esther Mitchell, Michael Pickering

Library Youthworkers

Kelsi Henderson, Ben Mayo, Jasmine Buller, Izzy Costigan, Rebekah Salisbury

Girls Clubs

Amber-Rose Te Huia, Ruby Reed, Laura Auld, Hannah Smit, Lorraine Harris, Ros Searl, Amy Bradford, Izzy, Megan Shannon, Jade Harrison Best, Emma Chrichton,Abbie Gilmore-Short

Boys Club

Stephen Dodge*, James Ridpath, Henry, Jayden, Phil, Liam

Rock Solid

Matt Barnes*, Jasmine Buller, James Ridpath, Kelsi Henderson, Jayden Wall, Esther Pickering, Paddy Caffell, Naomi,

Surge

Josiah Dayo*, Stephen Dodge, Kelsi Henderson, Connor Watson, Ngarita Newburn, Tim Newburn, Ben Mayo, Saasha Dodge, Amber Paterson, James Ridpath,

Trustees

Stan Tawa*, Scott Pickering, Linda Hampton, Andrew Hill, Tony Walter, Deborah Swaney

Newsletters

Newsletters

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.

Misc Reports

Misc Reports

Keep updated with all our latest Reports from the different areas of Youth Alive Trust

Annual Reports

Annual Reports

Networks

Networks

As a community organisation we value the support of a number of other agencies, partners and networks. These are our friends:

  • Canterbury Youth Workers Collective
    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.
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  • Oscar Network
    Oscar Network

    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.
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  • Praxis
    Praxis

    We often send trainee interns to complete the Praxis course, and team with them on the progression of the staff member.
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  • 24-7 Youth Work
    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.
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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    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.
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  • Christchurch City Council
    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.
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  • Christchurch City Libraries
    Christchurch City Libraries

    We have a contract with Christchurch City Libraries to supply paid youthworkers everyday of the week in New Brighton Library.
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  • New Brighton Community Safety Partnership
    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.
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  • I Love New Brighton
    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
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  • Renew Brighton
    Renew Brighton

    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.
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  • EPIC Events
    EPIC Events

    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.
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  • Canterbury Youth Services
    Canterbury Youth Services

    We are a part of the Canterbury Youth Services network and attend training, camps and meetings with other members.
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  • Charities Commission
    Charities Commission

    We are registered with the Charities Commission of New Zealand, as advised by the IRD, grant making bodies and the government.
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