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.
Young people’s journey with Youthtown, alongside their schooling, supplements the learning and development they receive - all of which is tonnes of fun with their peers.
We are highly regarded for the programmes we offer young people and we’re committed to providing a safe environment where young New Zealanders can ‘dream it, do it’ with Youthtown, the Youthtown Way.
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.