Dec 2018 Update

Dear YAT Family,
This is our last email update for 2018. We’ve had an amazing year, and achieved some great things. As clubs come to an end, we want to thank our staff and volunteers for all their hard work and maybe you’ll also get a chance to whisper a word of encouragement to them too. Lots of Club and event photos, plus other updates can be found on our FACEBOOK plus other news on our Website. Clubs will re-launch again in late-February – dates to be confirmed.

Check out these two highlights video’s that we just released:
Watch our latest 90 Second Highlights Video
What do people say about YAT?

1. Breakaway: Years 7 – 10 only
Bookings are still available for School Years 7 – 10 for our FREE holiday activities on 18 – 20 December 2018. Please note you need to book and attend all three days. All bookings done online at AimyPlus. For full programme details see our website.
2. January Holiday Programmes
Bookings are filling up quickly for Years 1 – 9 Holiday Programme for 14 – 25 January 2019. All bookings done online at AimyPlus. WINZ subsidies available. Full programmes on our website.
3. Babysitting Course
YAT is hosting another course for teenagers which covers expectations of a babysitter, the child and family, safety, play and basic first aid by a trained Plunket facilitator. Costs $25. Register now by CLICKING HERE or visit FACEBOOK EVENT
4. NEW YAT Clothing
YAT has just launched some clothing designs, so if anyone wants any YAT branded clothing, they can provide their own piece of clothing and complete an order form at reception. Click here for possible designs.
5. Community Carol Service
Grace Vineyard wishes to invite you all to their Christmas Eve Community Carol Service in the amphitheater by the Pier from 5 pm – 7 pm on Monday 24th Dec. The first hour is children’s entertainment and performances, followed by carols and a short talk in the second hour. Grace has their normal church Christmas services on Sunday 23rd Dec at 9 am & 11 am and also on Christmas Day at 9 am, which everyone is very welcome to.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and summer break!
The YAT Team

Breakfast Presentation – in Brief

Thanks for all those who attended this mornings breakfast. We were so encouraged by the early morning turn out and the positive feedback already received. If you were unable to make it, here’s 5 quick points we made in this mornings presentation:

1. We do LOTS of programmes and work with LOTS of children and young people!! We love our work! But our programmes are working with people, and people have many layers you can’t see in the fancy photos and videos, and many of them are hurting, living in dysfunction and looking for help. Our Programmes are a ‘means to an end’ of bringing hope, support, belonging, wellbeing and purpose through our youthworkers, counsellors, Mana Ake Kamahi, volunteers and referrals.

2. Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Crichton Cobbers Legacy Trophies. Click Here for details.

3. Our focus for 2019…
• Increase in Mentors and Mentees
• Increase in support for Volunteers
• Increase in youthwork hours with teens
• Increase in referrals to support agencies
• Increase in youth led community projects

4. Three funding Shortfalls for 2019…
• Mentoring & Volunteer Coordinator
• Increase in Teen Mentoring Hours
• Replace a 12 seater Van

5. Thanks to all those who told stories and gave endorsements this morning. We created a short video asking young people, parents, teachers and community leaders what they thought about Youth Alive Trust – this is what they said…

If you, or someone you know, was interested in financially supporting our work through our Friends of YAT initiative, CLICK HERE for a pdf letter with more information. We aim to raise at least an extra $30,000 next year through individual giving. Can you help us achieve that goal?  Thanks!!!

Breakfast Presentation 2018

YAT is again hosting our end of year Supporters, Funders & Donors (& Potential Donors) Breakfast on Tuesday 4th December at 7:00am.  It is our chance to showcase what we’ve achieved this year, through stories, videos, photos and our partners, and enjoy a buffet breakfast of hot and cold food and drink!  There is no cost but RSVP’s must be made by Friday 30th November.  You’re also encouraged to forward this onto any colleagues or friends who may be interested in hearing more about our work or supporting our causes.

Staffing Changes

We’re excited by new staff joining us in the past few months.  Changes include:

  • YAT won a government contract to place mental health support workers into our local primary schools, called Mana Ake.  We have 4 new staff as part of this team: Joel Brittenden, Emma Christie, Sue Dickson and Stephen Dodge.
  • Stephen has left his old position as Programmes Manager for his new role with Mana Ake, and the new Programmes Manager is David Du Preez – with a South African accent.
  • Teish Nicholson has started a new role, as Partnership Coordinator at Beach Campus working with all the trusts and groups using the building, and Daniele Ferreira is the new Financial Administrator.
  • Esther Pickering, a long time volunteer, has started a new role, as Volunteer and Mentoring Coordinator.  This role was created to provide better pastoral care for the many volunteers, mentors and mentees involved at YAT.  There is no new funding for this role yet – so we are on the look out for a new funding source!!
  • Other staff remain the same; James as Trust Manager, alongside Matt, Olivia, Rodger, Paddy & Melissa as youthworkers doing various roles and Josiah coordinating Amplify School of Music.
  • For a full list of roles, CLICK HERE

Babysitting Course for Teens – 17th Dec

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 $25. Hosted by Youth Alive Trust in New Brighton.  Register now by CLICKING HERE or visit

Teacher Strike Day – 14th Nov

Teachers STRIKE DAY – Wednesday 14th Nov

Youth Alive Trust are running a fun OSCAR Activity Day for any children in Years 1 – 8 while schools are expected to be closed. Activities for the day include Mega Air, Sports and Games for just $30 for the day (8:30am – 3:30pm), plus extension to 6:00pm available if needed. Work & Income subsidies possible! Refund if strike is cancelled. Sign up at: – and choose the “Special Day” option.

Family Fun Night – Highlights

Over 1000 people attended the 11st annual Family Fun Night, and we think it was the biggest and best yet. Huge Thanks to the 70+ volunteers who made it happen and the funders and sponsors who resourced it.

The best of the photos can be found on this link:

Over 1000 people attended the 11st annual Family Fun Night, and we think it was the biggest and best yet. Huge Thanks…

Posted by Youth Alive Trust on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The 90 second highlights video can be found here:


Fireworks Fundraisers

Fireworks in New Brighton tonight & Youth Alive Trust have two teams fundraising through car parking – one at QE2 and one at The Old School. If you feel like you’re missing out, we’re 4 people short for our Beach Clean at 8.00am tomorrow – meeting under the pier by toilets. Comment here if you’re coming to help 

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PORN & NZ Young People Report 2018

The recent explosion of internet technology and unlimited, unregulated and free access to online pornography via mobile devices has dramatically changed the pornography landscape for young people in Aotearoa.

“Porn and Young People – What do we know?” is a 2018 report produced by The Light Project, giving some interesting insights from youth organisations, schools, whanau, therapists and Christian faith based organisations.  The report says that “There is now an increasing body of research that suggests porn is shaping young people’s sexual beliefs, attitudes and behaviours and that it may
be associated with potentially harmful sexual and mental health outcomes.  The findings suggested that 94% of those respondents believe that porn is an issue for young people in Aotearoa. 71% are already engaging in conversations about porn with young people in their workplace, but of these, 59% feel unequipped, reporting a lack of porn knowledge and awareness.” 

Check out the full report here and more information in the ‘soon to be launched’ website: 

Porn and Young People – what do we know (2018 Aotearoa Report)

Mother & Daughter Day

A massive shout out to our beloved Switch New Brighton who catered our mother daughter day over the weekend! Amazing wee lunch boxes jam packed with the most amazing delicious food. Kept everyone full and happy for an awesome day! Thank you for supporting us Switch we really value having you in our community!