Youth Opportunities

at the YMCA

The YMCA of Christchurch offers opportunites for young people to fulfil their potential through youth leadership and development programmes.



Working on a holiday programme is a fantastic way to develop leadership skills and gain experience working with people.  Holiday programmes are a huge amount of fun and a very valuable way to give back to the community and gain invaluable skills.

Each school holiday period the YMCA runs up to 8 different programmes all over Christchurch City!

Have a look at what our volunteers do in this clip.

Expression of Interest Form

More details about being a Holiday Programme Volunteer
As a volunteer leader you will work as part of a team, alongside an experienced supervisor, to run the programme.  You can expect to get involved with the kids, manage your group and the behaviours, role model a positive attitude and have a great experience!

Some of the activities you may be involved in are: Movies, Tenpin Bowling, Mini Golf, Swimming, Antarctic Centre, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Adventure days, Indoor climbing and the list goes on!  You will be required Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm and must be 15yrs or over.



The main aim of our Young Leader programmes is for young people to build confidence and develop their personal  leadership qualities and skills.

The YMCA Christchurch’s goal is to create and provide an inspiring and inclusive environment and foster a supportive team culture, so that our leadership programmes can thrive and grow.

We also provide many varied opportunities for these groups to put their skills into practice.

Youth Leadership 1


Monday Leaders – 15-19 years

Our Monday Leaders group meet weekly throughout the term.  The programme focuses on
personal development based on the YMCA’s core values (honest, caring, responsibility and respect). 

•  Weekly meetings  to build the team
•  Workshops based on skills such as:  team building, leadership, active citizenship
•  A weekend trip to Wainui Park camp to provide an outdoor focused leadership challenge
•  Leadership opportunities within the YMCA Youth Development Services department
•  Talks/presentations from inspiring leaders
•  Positive mentorships

This programme runs during term time on a Monday 4pm to 6pm


To enrol for this leadership programmes please email or pop into the city YMCA to grab an enrolment form.



If any of the programmes above appeal to you, please email for some more information.

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