James Ridpath
Youth Alive Trust


Based at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus, Youth Alive Trust works with hundreds of young people and families every week. Established in 1989, its vision is to Building Bright Futures with Young People through practical Christian service. They do this through 10 areas:

Weekly Clubs
The coolest clubs in town, offering crazy, cool activities, challenges, outings and team building exercises, including Boys & Girls Clubs, Rock Solid, Surge, Kitchen Klub, Craft Club, Basketball Clubs, Dance Fitness and Rise.

School Support
Supporting students in their classrooms, at lunchtime and through extra-curricular activities at local schools.

Fun-filled programmes during each of the school holidays for Years 1 – 9, plus teenage Breakaway programmes, plus an after-school OSCAR every school day.

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.

One to One
Counselling and mentoring, both formally and informally. Our youth counsellor works in local primary schools. We also match mentors with local young people.

Mana Ake
Wellbeing support workers in our local schools, working individually and running groups providing early intervention for youth mental health.

Community Events
We run large community events regularly including I Love New Brighton and Family Fun Night.

Parenting and Preschool
We run and host a variety of support programmes for parents and pre-schoolers such as Playgroups, a weekly Breast-Feeding Drop In, Parenting Toolbox Courses, Teenage Babysitting Training and Parenting Seminars.

Amplify School of Music
Our trained and experienced tutors teach over 180 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 Support
We rely on volunteers and interns for most of our programmes and provide training and support.

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