The Y (formerly known as YMCA) is a not-for-profit organisation focussing on two causes: youth development and strengthening families.
One of the ways we do this is through Raise Up, our youth development programme run by youth for youth. Raise Up activities include a mixture of regular weekly activities, events, workshops and personal development options. These are tailored to the interests of youth and could include sports, music, dance, fashion, leadership training, art and much more.
Raise Up has been designed to offer youth a safe and positive environment in which to relax, socialise and achieve their goals.
The programme is run by Raise Up crews who are a group of selected young people representing youth in the community. They are the organising committee and driving force behind many of the events and activities operated for youth throughout The Y.
The Raise Up crew consists of youth selected from local high schools. Young people can apply to join the crew. Volunteering their time for approximately two hours per week they meet, plan and implement events, weekly activities, outdoor days and educational workshops for their peers. They learn skills such as leadership and event management.
Here at The Y, we strengthen communities by connecting people to their potential, purpose and each other. In communities across the motu, and across the world, we have the presence and partnerships not only to promise but to deliver positive change. The Y is part of the global Y whanau (in over 120 countries), with global reach, and global learnings, helping us achieve results worldwide.