at the YMCA

“Whaia te iti kahuranga kit e tuahu koe me he maunga teitei”

Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss it, you will hit a lofty mountain

For over 25 years the YMCA Christchurch has provided programmes that offer a safe and positive learning environment for young people in education, training and employment related skills.

Our FREE COURSES aim to raise self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to develop life skills in each student so they can realise their potential and achieve.

The YMCA core values are built into the design and delivery of all our Education programmes.

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Project Hope

Aimed at 14-17 year olds, this unique YMCA education programme is designed to redirect and develop young people towards a positive future, creating pathways either back into mainstream education, into further training or employment.

An important part of our programme is to develop confidence and life skills in young people – adhering to guidelines, respect for self and others, participation, and using support networks.

Students have the opportunity to study a range of subjects and work towards achieving NZQA credits, as well as participating in a wide range of recreational, cultural and arts based activities.

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Course Details

  • Based at 12 Hereford Street, we are just a 5 minute walk from the central bus exchange.
  • Students remaining on a school roll can access this programme via an application under section 71 of the Education Act 1989.
  • This is a free programme available to 14-17 year olds
  • Students are expected to attend Monday to Friday – school hours.
  • We offer qualified tutors, and our programme is youth development focused.
  • We will provide individualised learning and pathways for students to achieve goals.
  • A strong focus on wellbeing – fitness, nutrition, mental health and belonging
  • Access to all other YMCA facilities – including YMCA Wainui Park camp, health & fitness gyms, YMCA Adventure Centre climbing and further tertiary training at YMCA Education Centre


    Education Centre

    The YMCA Education Centre, based at 387a Colombo Street, offers a range of FREE fulltime courses for young people, aged 16-19, who are no longer enrolled in mainstream school or other tertiary training.

    All classes aim to re-connect and engage students with education and learning by working within a small group, which caters for individual needs in a stimulating, supportive and safe environment.

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    Course Details

    Through our Youth Guarantee Courses we offer NCEA Opportunities for 16-19 year olds.

    Literacy and Numeracy support is offered to all students, one-on-one and in small groups, to assess and develop their literacy and numeracy skills and enhance their learning outcomes.

    As a registered accredited provider we offer NZQA approved courses (NCEA L1, NCEA L2) aimed specifically towards young school leavers up to and including 19 years of age, catering for individual strengths. We motivate and educate young people so they can pathway into desirable training and employment outcomes through our foundation qualifications, meeting eligibility criteria for vocational training and entry level employment goals.

    Students study a variety of unit standards depending on their goals.

    NZQA National Certificates are recognised by employers, and used for entry selection by universities and polytechnics, both in NZ and overseas.




    Alternative Education

    P 03 366 0689  E

    Education Centre

    P 03 377 2174  E


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