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.
The much anticipated return of the YMCA Youth Talent Quest is here, known in 2016 as the Cavell Leitch Y Factor! This is the fifth year the YMCA will be staging this event and auditions are open NOW! So its time to get your act together and show us what you have to offer. Find […]FIND OUT MORE MORE EVENTS
The YMCA has served the community for 154 years and counting, and we are very proud of our staff, volunteers and the millions of ways they are building strong people, strong families and strong communities. This month the 2016 Champion Canterbury Award Finalists were announced and YMCA Christchurch was named as one of three finalists […]FIND OUT MORE MORE NEWS