About 25 Kiwi teenagers aged 14 to 16, all from challenging backgrounds, dealing with some big personal challenges and excluded from mainstream school. We want to give these young people hope for their own futures. Without hope, the future is bleak – not just for them but also for our communities. Our aim is to break this cycle, by giving them an opportunity that harnesses their talents, highlights their strengths, and demonstrates to them that they have the capacity to help others and by so doing be valuable members of their communities.
Project HOPE is a community outreach initiative from the YMCA. It has never been done before – we are embarking on a world first in terms of Alternative Education. It is about giving the most at risk youth a chance at a life-changing education, now they have been excluded from the traditional school system.
Join us on Christmas Eve, 24 December from 9pm-10pm in Victoria Square for this extra special candlelight event as we celebrate Christmas with our family – you. Since 1947 Carols by Candlelight has been a unique event in Christchurch, that encourages people to get together and celebrate family and Christmas in a traditional and magical […]FIND OUT MORE MORE EVENTS
The recent earthquake events in North Canterbury and Marlborough, were widely felt around New Zealand, and our hearts go out to those who have suffered devastation and loss – something we well understand here in Christchurch. Christchurch has managed to come through the past few days reasonably unscathed, and YMCA Christchurch can advise that all […]FIND OUT MORE MORE NEWS