YMCA South & Mid Canterbury is all about "Investing in the Next Generation" by developing the potential in all young people in our region.

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Youth Employment Support Programmes

YMCA South & Mid Canterbury has been Investing in the Next Generation for 100 years. Here’s how:

We not only help disengaged learners in our BodyMindSpirit, Vision Youth and Opihi Services Academy education programmes to achieve NCEA Levels 1 and 2, we develop their belief in their ability to succeed. We also work with young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to get them back on a viable path. We instill the YMCA values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility, and hold our learners accountable.

Through our Skills4Life programme, we work with people aged 16-64 years for whom reading, writing and maths is a real challenge. Without these basic skills, many doors in life are closed – we help to open them.

We help beneficiaries get back into sustainable employment through our Drive2Work and WorkFit programmes.

Through our Resiliency Toolkit programme we're working 'at the top of the cliff' with 14-18 year olds in secondary schools across the region to build important life skills in stress management, decision-making around alcohol and drugs, healthy relationships, social media safety and peer mentoring. The aim is to prevent our youth from becoming ‘at risk’. And we give one-to-one support to young people referred to our Community Youth Mentoring service.

Our OSCAR and Breakaway holiday programmes, KiwiSport, Archery and Bubble Football programmes offer children and young people heaps of fun, confidence-building activities in a safe, supportive environment.

We’re your YMCA – still here after 100 years, still “Investing in the Next Generation”.

Much of the valuable work the YMCA does to educate, nurture, support and develop young people is not government-funded. Your donation — your investment in our community — allows us to purchase much needed equipment and resources (like specialised gear for our Opihi Services Academy learners and replacements for our popular Bubble Football kits), and to employ youth development staff and tutors (for instance, for our Resiliency Toolkit, which is expanding to all secondary schools in the region).

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In 2017 YMCA South & Mid Canterbury is celebrating 100 Years of ‘Investing in the Next Generation’ – yes, we’ve been serving our community for 100 years!

Underpinning all our work are the YMCA values of Caring, Respect, Honesty and Responsibility. Our education, employment, and youth development programmes and services – provided at no or minimal cost to participants – impact the lives of in excess of 4500 people every year across our region.

We were named the 2016 South Canterbury Business Excellence Award Community Organisation Category Winner, in recognition of the difference we make in our community.

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