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There are many people that contribute to making any town and community a success and Youthtown is no exception.

The highly valued people of Youthtown are made up of our participants, our staff, supporters and partners. Each of these groups has a vital part to play and, together, contribute to a healthy, strong community in itself.

Youthtown is a values based organisation and we live our four values internally as well as integrate these into all of our activities and programmes: Mastery, Belonging, Independence and Generosity. Our culture is also one of safety, which is essential in an organisation where young people need to be able to confidently stretch their abilities in order to grow and develop.

Our supporters are essential to the operating of Youthtown. We have those ‘behind the scenes’ of Youthtown, (such as our staff at the National Support Office and our Board), funding supporters and community supporters.

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  • Youthtown Staff on Holiday Programme
  • Dodgeball with Youthtown Holiday Programme
  • Youthtown Sports Programme during school holidays
  • Youthtown Holiday Programme trip to Waiwera water slide
  • Outdoors After School Kayaking with staff
  • Youth Holiday Programme Bike trail
Our Staff

Our carefully screened and police vetted staff are passionate about developing young people through active engagement.

The staff that deliver our programmes are what makes Youthtown such a great place to be, and they reflect the energy of our Youthtown brand. They are experienced and appropriately trained in the activities they are responsible for including all aspects of child safety, Youthtown’s ‘Youth Development Principles’ and MSD (Ministry of Social Development), OSCAR approved behavioural management techniques and strategies.

Youthtown’s CEO (Paula Kearns) is supported by the CFO (Debbie Nelson), GM Strategic Growth (Ross Savage), GM Marketing (Annabel Mitchinson), GM People and Performance (Jannine Mullany), the Business Development Manager (Leigh Peters) and two Regional Operation Mangers (Nigel Kapa and Andy Pilbrow). Although this group, with their respective teams, are based at the National Support Office in Auckland, they take part in youth development and leadership training and periodically help with the delivery of programmes across New Zealand.

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Have You Met?

Youthtown is proud to welcome talented footballer Cameron Howieson to our Auckland Sports Team.
Now if you think you recognise Cameron, you may have seen him play for the U17 All Whites team, in the FIFA U20 World Cup Tournament or representing New Zealand as part of the 2012 London Olympics Squad.

Cameron has been a semi-professional football player since he turned 13 and joined a residential football academy In Christchurch. At 16 he left New Zealand to pursue a professional football contract with Burnley Football Club in Lancashire (north of Manchester), England. Cameron and the Burnley FC competed in the English premier league and then moved on to play for St Mirren FC in Scottish Championship. These achievements are the pinnacle of any young kiwi footballer’s overseas career.

The dream of putting on the white jersey again has called him home to New Zealand where he now plays for Auckland City FC in the National League as he works his way back into the All Whites squad.  

In the meantime, Youthtown is lucky to have such an influential role model on board to share not only what he has learnt from his own coaches and trainers, but his once-in-a lifetime national and international playing experiences, with our young people on the Youthtown Sports Programme.

Cam’s approach is aligned with our youth development principals that incorporate our values of Mastery, Belonging, Independence and Generosity into everything we do.

We asked him how he’d coach a young person wanting to score all the goals individually and not pass the ball to other team mates. He explained the importance of engaging with the individual, encouraging them to extend their game by presenting them with a challenge, for example to involve other team mates towards achieving a specific goal such as using a one-touch pass.

He is looking forward to being part of Youthtown and, alongside his colleagues, these are the three key things Cam hopes to bring to the delivery of our high quality programmes :
•    Having fun
•    Motivating young people to be the best they can be
•    Enabling friendships to develop through participation on our coaching clinics and camps

Welcome to the team Cam!


Cameron Howieson
Youth Holiday Programme with Youthtown Christchurch
Our Board & Foundation

The Youthtown Board is led by President/Chair, Andree Atkinson since June 2016 and is supported by 7 other Board Members all of whom volunteer their time and expertise on a regular basis.

Maurice Chatfield and Ted Van Arkel are our joint Patrons.

The Youthtown Foundation Trust was established to create a fund for which capital or income Is to be used exclusively for the general purpose of Youthtown Inc.

See our Board Member profiles

Youthtown Sport Ambassador Tana Umaga

We are very pleased to have Tana Umaga as our Ambassador for our Sports Programme at Youthtown, which is delivered during school time and takes part in our holiday and after school programmes as well.

The former All Black Captain, and now Blues Coach, was a regular visitor to Youthtown in his youth and he has a passion for ensuring that Kiwis grow up to be physically literate and enjoy sport. READ MORE

A historic photo of a Youthtown hosted basketball game
Alumni & Members

Since 1932, thousands of young people have been part of the Youthtown, youth development experience that remains our focus today.Like all family that leave home, we keep them up to date with our exciting progress and extend invites to be involved now and again

Alumni! Join our database and keep in touch with how Youthtown continues to empower today's young people.

Anyone can become a part of the Youthtown ‘family’ by applying annually to be a member. 

To become a Member of the Youthtown 'Family' please complete the form HERE