Youthtown is a nationally operated, not-for-profit organisation offering a whole ‘township’ of developmental activity in key communities across New Zealand for 5-18 year olds.
Since 1932, we have been empowering young New Zealanders to be the best they can be and we have evolved into one of New Zealand’s leading youth development organisations.
How do we do this? We deliver programmes, that develop skills and knowledge, to as many young people as we can. We also ensure they have tonnes of fun with their peers!
When and where? Before school, during school, after school and in the holidays. We operate from schools, community centres/club rooms as well as our own sites - so we are as accessible to the community as possible.
The Youthtown Way
“The Youthtown Way” is based on a youth development philosophy and framework, underpinned by the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa, and incorporates a culture of ‘safety first’.
All activities are co-designed with young people to achieve specific developmental outcomes and our four values (Independence, Mastery, Generosity and Belonging) are integrated into everything we do. Results are then evaluated and internationally bench-marked to inspire continuous improvement.
Regular training of our staff is pivotal to the consistent application of our youth development principles at every site, and our (awesome) staff are fully committed to putting this into practice.
The Youthtown Way ensures that our participants have a positive and engaging experience at Youthtown, from the minute we meet them, to when they leave us to go home.
The regular sense of achievement they gain with us, amongst their peers, inspires confidence.