Parenting & Wellbring Workshops

We’re privileged to be hosting 2 FREE workshops by Birthright Canterbury on the next two Thursday mornings for parents wanting to increase their knowledge and tools. The workshop aims to:
1. Build awareness of different parenting styles
2. Teach emotion coaching parenting skills and how to tune into children’s emotions to manage challenging behaviours
3. Boundary setting – the do’s and don’ts
4. Teaches parents how to identify their own and their child’s Love Languages
5. Teaches parents to identify their own and their child’s personality style
6. Introduces distress tolerance tools to support self-care and parent well-being
More info on the event links or email:


Kia ora, ever thought of giving BMX a go? At the @North Avon BMX track this weekend they are having their annual fundraising fun racing for our NAC tamariki to attend the Aims games in Tauranga. Go along from 12pm, Bexley Reserve, off Pages Road and have some fun.

YAT Volunteer in Parliament

We were so proud to see one of our volunteers on the front page of this week’s Pegasus Post representing young people in Parliament. Te Rina – you’re a role model and inspiration to your peers, and the children you serve on YAT Programmes!

Antartic Cities Youth Expedition

Here’s an opportunity for a Christchurch young person (aged 18-29 years old) who is interested in a FREE adventure to Antarctica and Chile! The two-week trip is planned from 4-18 December. They are looking for a local young person committed to fostering a sense of connection between the five key cities connected to Antarctica and an understanding of the issues related to Antarctica and its future. Full info at:

FULL – Boys & Girls Clubs

Unfortunately we have had to close registrations for Boys Club & Girls Club for Term 3, as there are over 50 children at each club. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please email:

**Spaces are still available for Kitchen Klub (School Years 5 – 8), Girls Craft Club (School Years 5 – 8), Basketball (School Years 3 – 6) and RISE (School Years 5 – 8).

July Update

Dear YAT Family,

It’s been a crazy busy holidays with Holiday Programmes, Breakaway, the first RISE concert, Babysitting Training and Music ‘have a go’ lessons. If you were involved – you may see a face you recognise on our FACEBOOK page or the local newspaper or even on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp! Term 3 starts next week and here’s 3 quick updates:

1. Clubs – Term 3 Launch Week 1
All clubs start on Week 1. If you’ve not registered for the year, log into your Aimyplus account, and chose the programme you want for this term for your child. Alongside our generic weekly youth clubs, we also run ‘interest’ clubs. Feel free to try any of these clubs for free:
RISE, a dancing & singing club for Years 5 – 8 on Mondays from 6pm – 7:30pm.
Basketball Coaching sessions on Wednesday afternoons School Years 3 – 6 from 3:30 – 4:30pm
– Teen Basketball pick-up games from 4:45pm – 6:00pm on Wednesdays – free!
Girls only Craft Club on Wednesdays for School Years 5 – 8 from 3:30pm – 5pm
– Our Senior OSCAR picks up Year 5 – 8 students from all New Brighton schools everyday, which is ideal for working or studying parents, or even if you need childcare just 1 day per week. You may also be eligible for government subsidies!
– If you have Under 5’s, feel free to try our Beach Tots Playgroups on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am – 11:30am.
– Sadly, our Dance Fitness Classes have come to an end.

2. Lost Property
We acquire a lot of clothes, bags and odd items after clubs, holiday programmes and camps. We will try to regularly put these items into the Lost Property Facebook Album, and items can be collected anytime from reception 9am – 5.30pm or at clubs. Items will be given to charity if not claimed within a month. Note: Clothes with names make it easier to find the owners!

3. FREE Counselling for Young People
There are a number of places you can get FREE Counselling for young people, such as 298 Youth Health in the city, and St John of God Hauora Trust on Pages Road who counsel 10 – 25 year olds on issues such as anxiety, depression, alcohol, drugs and eating disorders. Also Mike King’s Gumboot Friday Funding is available temporarily for counselling, and we can recommend some great local counsellors, including some of our own, you could use that funding for. GPs can also make referrals. Spread the word and lets get our young people help when they need it…

Did you get chance to read our Latest Newsletter?? (it takes 3 minutes with a hot drink!)

The YAT Team 🙂

Have-a-Go Music Lessons – Kidsfest

As part of KidsFest, our Amplify School of Music are giving young people the chance to learn TWO Instruments or, ONE DJ Session, or ALL OF THEM in groups of up to 4 people with experienced tutors, without committing to any ongoing lessons. Learn beginner techniques & skills that may just be the start of a love for that Instrument or Turntable. Choose between: Drums, Guitar, Piano, Vocals / Singing, DJ Turntables. Sessions available from 9am – 5pm, from 16th – 19th July 2019, Bookings are $26 for 1 hour. More info and online sign up at:

Closing – Dance Fitness Classes

After two amazing years, we have made the sad decision to finish Dance Fitness Classes on Monday and Thursday nights at Beach Campus.
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Fi and Youth Alive Trust by attending. Fi has loved the friendships, the fun and the fitness!!
This coming week will be the final set of classes, so come join in for a final dance on Monday or Thursday night at normal times of 7 to 8pm. (Last class Thursday 4 July)

I’m looking forward to the next challenge and the new opportunities that this decision will bring!!! Fi xxx

Thank you Fi, for 2 years of keeping our community fit in such a fun way! You’ve been an inspiration! So glad we’re not completely losing you, as you continue to volunteer for our children’s singing and dancing group – RISE! Come have a final dance with Fi this week!

Busy July Holidays

We have a very busy winter holiday coming up and everything is nearly fully booked already! Our Holiday Programmes only have the odd inside day left. Intermediates Breakaway is full and Teen Breakaway only has a few spots. Our two Babysitting Training for Teens days are nearly full – just a few spaces left on Friday 12th. Amplify School of Music ‘have a go’ instrument and DJ lessons are filling nicely in week 2, but spaces are still available so book here. If you still need childcare, you could try holiday programmes with our friends over the road at Eastern Community Sport and Recreation Inc or check out this 5 day camp at Living Springs – Oscar/WINZ subsidies are available to working/studying parents too – looks awesome!

Kids Camp