James Ridpath
Youth Alive Trust


Based at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus, Youth Alive has served thousands of children and young people in New Brighton since it was established in 1989. Its vision is about building bright futures with young people in New Brighton through practical Christian service.

Funded through a range of funding organisations, contracts, and individual giving, it has grown and adapted to meet changing community needs. Currently, ten programmes and services are provided to the community.

Weekly Clubs
The coolest clubs in town, offering crazy, cool activities, challenges, outings and team building exercises. Dedicated volunteers and staff run a range of after school and evening programmes:
• Boys Club: Thursdays 4 - 5.30pm years 1-6
• Girls Club: Thursdays 4 - 5.30pm years 1-6
• Basketball: Wednesdays 3.15 - 4.15pm years 3-5, 4.30 – 5.30pm years 6-8, 5.45 – 6.30pm years 9-13
• Kitchen Klub: Mondays 3.30 - 5pm years 6-9 
• Girls Craft Club: Wednesdays 3.30 - 5pm years 6-9 
• Rock Solid: Fridays 4.30 - 6.30pm years 7-8
• Surge: Friday nights 7 - 9pm years 9-13 

School Youth Workers
Supporting students in their classrooms, at lunchtime and through extra-curricular activities at school:
• Rawhiti Primary (Decile 3): Two youth workers offering leadership development, boys and girls groups, special events, sports coaching, mentoring and lunchtime support.
• South New Brighton School (Decile 5): Including lunchtime support, Big Brother Big Sister mentoring, leadership development, boys and girls groups, special events, sports coaching and mentoring.

Holiday Programmes and OSCAR
Fun-filled programmes during each of the school holidays. Contracted by the Ministry of Social Development, CYF & Oscar-approved.
• School years 1–4: up to 38 children.
• School years 5–8: up to 82 children.
• School years 9–13: Breakaway. Free activities for teenagers and intermediates in the Summer and Easter only.
• Senior OSCAR: everyday after school, with van pick up from SNBS, Rawhiti, and NBC, for senior only – Years 5-8, taking part in all our clubs, including Kitchen Klub, Craft Club, Basketball, Digiclub and Rock Solid. MSD approved and subsidies available.

We take young people on overnight camps and weekends away throughout the year, such as Eastercamp, Winter Camp, AMPED Camp, Father Son Camp, Mother Daughter Camp and XTend Leadership Camp.

One to One
Counseling and mentoring, both formally and informally. Our youth counselor works in local primary schools, including New Brighton Catholic, Rawhiti Primary, and Belfast Primary. Our staff and volunteers have limited individuals we mentor, which includes goal setting, positive affirmation, and building a relationship with a trustworthy, reliable adult. This is done in school, and in the community. We also partner with Big Brother Big Sister to provide volunteers to work one-on-one with referred children for one hour per week, either in school or out of school.

Library Youth-work Support
We have a contract with Christchurch City Council to place youth workers in New Brighton Library daily, after school and on weekends. We also run daily planned activities in each of the school holidays – free of charge! Youth workers interact with hundreds of children and young people throughout the year, building positive relationships with youth regulars at the library, by listening and referring them to other community activities.

Community Events
We support Christchurch City Council events with our volunteers and resources, including the I Love New Brighton event, Thomson Park Skate Jam, and other youth initiatives. We organise a Family Fun Night on 31st October annually, which attracts hundreds of people every year, and we also host dance groups and bands when possible.

Parenting and Preschool
We run and host a variety of support programmes for parents and tots such as a weekly Breast-Feeding Drop In (Wednesday mornings), Little Bears Playgroups (Tuesday and Thursday mornings), Parenting Toolbox Courses, Teenage Babysitting Training and Parenting Seminars.

Amplify School of Music
Our trained and experienced tutors teach over 120 students every week, both in school and in our facility – piano, drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. They also form Youth Bands and do music recording in our purpose built music rooms.

Volunteer Training and Support
Attracting, training and building up volunteers to work in their community is one of Youth Alive Trust's biggest strengths. Seeing young people strive for responsibility, then become junior leaders, and sometimes staff members is an awesome privilege. Volunteers are allocated to different programmes and learn through practical service, team meetings, and training events and from other more experienced youth workers. We also host interns and Praxis students who are studying for careers in youth work, offering them experience, support and a structure for their practical work.

You can get involved by:
• Volunteering at one of the clubs
• Completing a traineeship in youth-work
• Mentoring a young person
• Mentoring a youth worker
• Becoming a business partner that sponsors of gifts a resource
• Join our 'Friends of Youth Alive Trust' scheme by making a regular donation, eg: $10 a month