Youth Opportunities

at the YMCA


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

Holiday Programme Volunteers

15yrs+

 
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.

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.

 
 

Young Leader Programmes

 
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

 


Frontrunner Programme – 13-15 years

Our Frontrunner term programme aims to provide a space for 12-15 year olds to come,
be social and build relationships with others.

At the same time the programme focuses on developing leadership skills and how to apply
these skills at their schools and in their communities.

We are looking to develop:
• A group of confident young people
• An awareness of leadership styles
• The ability to work together as a group to achieve goals
• An understanding of how skills can be transferred into all aspects of life

This programme runs during term time on a Wednesday 3:30pm to 5:30pm

 


Intermediate-Y Programme – 10-12 years

Our Intermediate-Y term programme focuses on developing personal and leadership skills whilst having fun and being active.

We are looking to develop:
• A group of confident young people
• An awareness of leadership styles
• The ability to work together as a group to achieve goals
• An understanding of how skills can be transferred into all aspects of life

This programme runs during term time on a Thursday 3:30pm to 5:30pm.


To enrol for any of these leadership programmes please email youth@ymcachch.org.nz or pop into the city YMCA to grab an enrolment form.
 

 

YMCA Christchurch Youth Council

The YMCA Christchurch Youth Council (CYYC) aims to promote and deliver youth participation at all levels within the Christchurch YMCA.

CYYC also works to strengthen the youth voice in the community by:

  • Promoting youth participation – by assisting and informing the YMCA in planning, programming, and decision-making with youth voice at the forefront.
  • Relationship building at networking – within the YMCA Christchurch with the board of trustees and management, and also in the community with other youth councils and Youth Voice Canterbury.
  • Informing youth – who are aware of what’s happening for young people at the YMCA Christchurch and in the community.
  • Providing personal and professional development opportunities for young people in CYYC
Youth Leadership 3

 


Contact

If any of the programmes above appeal to you, please email youth@ymcachch.org.nz for some more information.

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