YMCA South & Mid Canterbury

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

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’.

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 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.

We also 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”.

More about us

YMCA South & Mid Canterbury has been making positive things happen with and for young people for over 100 years, because we're all about Investing in the Next Generation.

Underpinning all our work are the YMCA values of Caring, Respect, Honesty and Responsibility. Our youth development, education, and employment 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.

Use of funds

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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Bounce Appeal for Resiliency Toolkit  14 November 2017

Posted by: YMCA South & Mid Canterbury

If you're for young people who can bounce back from whatever life throws at them, we encourage you to get behind our Bounce Appeal, 12 November to 3 December, benefitting our home-grown award-winning Resiliency Toolkit programme.

The Resiliency Toolkit equips youth ages 14-18 years with important life skills in the areas of stress management, healthy relationships, decision-making around alcohol & drugs, cybersafety/internet & social media savvy, and peer mentoring.

We're not just throwing more information at young people, we're helping them "unpack" and apply in real-world scenarios the information they already have – so they can bounce back from whatever life throws at them!

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    Ben on 19 Jul 2019



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 24 Nov 2017



    • YMCA South & Mid Canterbury

      Thank you -- really appreciate your support!

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 30 Mar 2017


    Doing great work -- happy to support


  • Private Donor

    Private Donor on 30 Mar 2017


    Such a valuable organisation -- love what you do for youth in our community


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 30 Mar 2017


    Great youth development organisation, making a real difference in both South and Mid Canterbury! I strongly support the work you are doing by investing in young people


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