One Island of Good

YMCA Documentary Shines Light on Alternative Education
It is widely acknowledged that young people who have rarely been shown generosity are unlikely to grow into adults who can exhibit it. This documentary, made by and about the YMCA Christchurch, puts that principle to the test as 22 young people (aged 13-16) who have been expelled from mainstream schools for bullying, selling weed and other misdemeanours, are accompanied by YMCA staff and volunteers on a trip to Nepal. YMCA Christchurch CEO, Josie Ogden Schroeder, makes it clear from the get-go that the ultimate denier of generosity to at-risk youth in New Zealand is the government’s Alternative Education scheme.


This heavily relies on philanthropy, limits the powers of providers and effectively funds the kids at a substantially lower rate than kids in mainstream schools. In Nepal, her small staff team own up to the strain. They struggle to temper the wild reflexes of charges described as “part five-year old, part MI5,” yet find the wherewithal to rouse the better instincts the trip was designed to nurture. There are no feel-good turnarounds in this impressively frank film: hope endures in glimmerings of success. The call to action is clear.


Where can I get support?

Stepping Stone Trust
For youth ages 13-18 years who may be facing mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues.

Provides early intervention, counselling and support for children and youth people and their families who have experienced sexual violence or other trauma.

Odyssey House
Provides therapeutic support and education to adults and young people with drug and alcohol addictions. Offers both residential and out-patient programmes.

Te Ora Hou
Support for all young people from a Tikanga Maori viewpoint, Te Ora Hou provides a range of services for young people including programmes for young people not attending mainstream school.

Support for any young person involved in criminal activity or at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity.

Enabling Youth
Anger management and stress management programmes for young people.


Other suggested support agencies:

General Counselling/Support for Wellbeing

Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust –

The Salvation Army –

Presbyterian Support –

Hope Centre / Te Whare Awhero –

Family Help Trust –

The Harakeke Centre –

Petersgate Counselling Centre –


Support/Help related to Sexual violence or safety

Te Puna Oranga  – Ph:  381 8472

Stopping Violence Services –

Enabling Youth –



Home and Family Trust –

Aviva –

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust –


Support/Help related to addiction, drugs, alcohol, gambling

Problem Gambling Foundation –

Familial Trust –

Gambling Helpline –  Ph: 0800 654 655

Narcotics Anonymous – Email:

Alcoholics Anonymous –

Alcohol and Drug Helpline –  Ph:  0800 787 797


Support/Help for families of prisoners



Maori / Pacifica specialty services 

Te Puna Oranga  – Ph:  381 8472

YCD Youth & Cultural Development  –

Te Puawaitanga Ki Otautahi Trust –

Te Ora Hou Aotearoa –

Purapura Whetu –

He Waka Tapu –


Support/Help related to parenting

The Parenting Place –

St John of God Hauora Trust –

Early Start Project –

Barnardos –

Champion Centre –


Support/Help related to Education for Young People excluded from school

Te Ora Hou Aotearoa –

St John of God Hauora Trust –



Support/Help related to youth offending

YCD Youth & Cultural Development  –


Support/Help related to budgeting

Christchurch Budget Service Inc –


Support relating to homelessness

Christchurch Methodist Mission –

Christchurch City  Mission –


Respite providers

The Open Home Foundation –

Cholmondley Childrens Centre –

Stand for Children –



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The YMCA of Christchurch is a charitable trust whose core purpose is to invest in the next generation.  If you would like to support the many projects and programmes that the YMCA delivers for young people, then please consider donating.



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