Tuning Into Kids – Parenting Course

For parents of Primary School Children. A six week for course starting on Thursday 26th August from 10:30am-12:30pm at Youth Alive Trust, learning how to help your child develop emotional intelligence. Learn tools to better understand your child, help your child to manage their emotions, prevent behaviour problems and teach your child to deal with conflict.  We had really positive feedback from the Term 1 course, so make a booking asap through our Mana Ake team leader: joel.brittenden@yat.org.nz or 020 4177 0038

Term 3 Clubs Start Week 2

Here we go – Term 3! All Weekly Clubs start Week 2 (giving our youthworkers a break after a massive school holidays!)  The coordinators have put together plans for our weekly clubs and you can make your term bookings online now! OR you can book for the rest of the year, so you don’t have to think about it next term. See the term plans by clicking on Programmes, then the Club, then ‘Download our Latest Brochure’ link. Go to: https://yatclubs.aimyplus.com and log-in using your normal email and password, or click on New Parent, if you’ve not registered for any of our programmes before.  Any questions, email: office@yat.org.nz 

Kids ReSync – Funding Shortfall

We have been running a pilot programme for families from Rawhiti Primary School, with some one-off Covid related funding since the beginning of the year.  Watch our short promo video above. In brief, we work with four families for half a day a week, for a full school term, with a strong focus on ReSyncing relationships with parent/caregiver, themselves, school and play. We offer child counselling, parenting coaching, occupational therapy and music sessions, including composing your own family song. Read the flyer here. Kids Resync came from Sandy’s vision to do something different, something deeper and something with both the child and parent. We’ve had really great feedback from families who’ve taken part so far. They’ve said things like; “The things that you are all saying for my child to do, I am also doing for myself”, “My child is more comfortable talking to me about how they are feeling” and “(The child’s) confidence and self-esteem have skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks, and begun using open communication. The transformation has, to say the least, been stunning!”.  Read our Term 1 Review here.

The programme is still in its early stages of development so we are now looking for funding to continue the pilot and help us provide evidence of its effectiveness for others to consider the use of this model. We have tried all the normal funding sources, without success so far, so are now asking individual donors if they’d be willing to support this project until the end of the year, until we can source longer term funding from elsewhere. Maybe you know someone who would like to invest in the lives of struggling eastside families? Please let them know about Kids ReSync and we’d be more than happy to share more more about it.

Any donations made to this project can be made directly into the Youth Alive Trust bank account:

Bank: ANZ
Account: 117892-0066444-00
Ref: Kids ReSync
(or if it’s a donation to cover general costs, ref: Friend of YAT)

Teen Breakaway

July Holiday Programmes

Holiday Programmes bookings are now LIVE for 12th – 16th July!  We are giving priority to people on our database to get in first, before making any public and social media posts.  With good feedback from the April programme, splitting into closer age brackets, we will continue them these holidays.  All programmes will be running different programmes, and have different coordinators and leaders. Click on the links below see the activities for each programme:

Payment Method

The Aimyplus data system now allows us to take payment at the same time as bookings, and then you are guaranteed your spot, without waiting for us for confirmation.  There are 3 options for payment at the time of booking:

  1. Bank Transfer (no fee for you)
  2. Visa or Mastercard – Credit or Visa Debit (2.5%)
  3. WINZ Client. You will need to input your client number into your profile before choosing this option.

All Bookings are done online at: https://yat.aimyplus.com

Here’s a reminder of how to make a booking after logging in:

– Click on ‘Make a booking’

– Select childs name

– Change Programme Venue: ‘Youth Alive Oscar’

– Select ‘Holiday Programme’ & click ‘Next’

– Select the programme appropriate to your child’s age & select all three days

– Click ‘Next’, ’Next’ and ’Finish’

Any issues or questions, please email David on: rego@yat.org.nz

Nga Mihi,

The YAT Team


Kids ReSync

We’re excited to share with you a new pilot programme been running with Rāwhiti School families. We provide wraparound therapeutic interventions with four families for half a day a week, for a full school term, with the focus of ReSyncing relationships with parent/caregiver, themselves, school and play. The work includes child counselling, parent coaching, occupational therapy, music, creating a family theme song and play. We’ve had really great feedback from our first intake in Term 1 and are currently working through a second group throughout Term 2. An email from one parent said “(The Child’s) confidence and self-esteem have skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks, and begun using open communication. The transformation has, to say the least, been stunning!” It is still in its early stages of development so we are now looking for a funder, donor or businesses to support the continuation of this pilot and allow us to open it up to other local families too. We’ve approached all the normal funding sources, so we’re now going public to see if there are other funding sources or people able and keen to leave a lasting legacy for vulnerable families on the east. Please contact the manager at: office@yat.org.nz for our full Term 1 Report and philosophy document. Feel free to share!

Babysitting Courses – July Holidays

Plunket Babysitting Course – Thursday 15th OR Friday 16th July 2021

Whether you’re already babysitting the neighbours kids or your younger siblings or want some credibility when looking for a babysitting job – this day is for you!  Course covers expectations of a babysitter, the child and family, safety, play and basic first aid by a trained Plunket facilitator. Costs $30. Hosted by Youth Alive Trust in New Brighton.  Register now at the links below and visit the facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/767570840595763

BOOK THURSDAY COURSE:  Plunket Babysitting Course for Teens (google.com)

BOOK FRIDAY COURSE: Plunket Babysitting Course for Teens (google.com)


We’re really pleased to be partnering with Christchurch Methodist Mission to run a Wise-Up Programme in New Brighton for children aged 8-10, with low self-esteem, low confidence, or mild anxiety. Starting in Term 3, on Tuesday afternoon’s from 3:30pm, and completely Free! More information on the flyer below. Limited spaces though, so contact Rowena on 027 818 7117 or email rowenad@mmsi.org.nz to refer your own child or someone you’re working with. Feel free to Share!

Term 2 Clubs

All weekly clubs start this week!!  Bookings are now LIVE and Term Plans with the weekly activities are online too (click on the hyperlinks below). There’s some sweet activities planned, so do check them out, then register for this term (or the whole of 2021) at: https://yatclubs.aimyplus.com

– Basketball Clubs (School Years 3 – 7) Mondays 3:30-4:30pm & 4:45-5:45pm

– Kitchen Klub (School Years 6 – 9) Mondays 3:30-4:00pm

– Beach Tots Playgroups (Pre-Schoolers) Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-11:00am

– Kōtirotiro Girls Club (School Years 1 – 6) Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm

– Tamatāne Boys Club (School Years 1 – 6) Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm

– Craft Club (School Years 5 – 8) Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm

– Rock Solid (School Years 7 & 8) Fridays 4:30-6:30pm

– Surge (School Years 9 – 13) Fridays 7:00-9:00pm