Introducing...YMCA Tauranga’s Youth 4 Youth Programme
Working with young people has been a staple activity of YMCAs around the world for generations.
Now the YMCA Tauranga is taking its youth work to a whole new level with the introduction of its exciting and innovative
Youth 4 Youth programme.
Kicking off in February 2011, the new, free programme is designed to help youth develop life skills, set and achieve
goals, and build a sense of community spirit.
“Youth 4 Youth is a ground-breaking programme for Tauranga,” says YMCA Youth & Volunteer Coordinator Keeley Ferguson. “It is not a youth scheme where the agenda and actions will be dictated by a
coordinator. Instead it is an opportunity for young people to decide what is important to them and their peers and then
do something about it. The YMCA’s role will be to facilitate and lend a word or two of wisdom when needed.”
Meeting weekly at the YMCA, participants will be able to hang out in a cool and safe environment where they feel
confident to grow and express their opinions and develop into positive members of society. Skills will be learnt through
practical activities, trips, camps, discussions, and guest speakers. They will also work together to create and host
much needed youth events such as sport, music, fashion and outdoor activities.
Youth 4 Youth is designed for 14 to 17 year olds. Any youth interested in being a part of this programme is encouraged
to contact the YMCA and fill out an application. Opportunities also exist to volunteer for the YMCA’s upcoming Summer
Holiday Programme – it is a whole lot of fun and looks great on your resume!
About YMCA Tauranga
To us, it’s all about showing your spirit. Ask yourself, when was the last time you showed yours?
Most people hold tightly onto theirs, often too shy to release it. Some people let their spirit run wild, and sometimes
have to rein it in- and we meet tonnes of people who have just never been shown how to find theirs. You also get the
occasional person who reckons they are just saving their spirit for later.
At the YMCA we work with people to help find their spirit, so they can make the most of their experience and unleash
their potential on the world around them.
The YMCA Tauranga provides great opportunities for people of all ages to participate in education and sport and
recreational activities in the Western Bay of Plenty. We embrace the National YMCA vision to build strong kids, strong
families, strong communities and incorporate our core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility in all that
YMCA Tauranga is an affiliate of The National Council of YMCA's of New Zealand, and the World Alliance of YMCAs.
More information is available at http://www.ymcatauranga.org.nz