Youthtown is a nationally operated, not-for-profit organisation offering a wide range of outcomes-driven programmes in key communities across New Zealand for 5-18 year olds.

Since 1932, we have been empowering young New Zealanders to be the best they can be and we have evolved into one of New Zealand’s leading youth development organisations.

How do we do this? Through outcome designed programmes that support young people to regularly achieve, which inspires confidence.

These quality programmes involve a wide range of creative, physical/adventure and social based activities, so there’s something for everyone!

When and where? Before, during, after school and in the holidays. We operate from schools, community centres/club rooms as well as our own sites - so we are as accessible to the community as possible.



Our purpose is to empower young people to be the best they can be. This is at the heart of all we do and inspires us every day.  For us, empowering young people is all about helping them reach their potential.



This is a theme that is based on our Strategy (around PEOPLE, PARTNERSHIPS, PRODUCTIVITY, PLACES and PLANET), our PUPOSE around POTENTIALIITY and our behaviours in being  PROACTIVE, PREVENTATIVE and POWERFUL/impactful.

The power of 10 alludes to an exponential growth and positive impact when we work this way.



Youthtown delivers a wide range of outcome designed programmes that support 5-18 year olds to regularly achieve. 

The programme categories are : Activity Sessions (OSCAR or Youth Hubs), Workshops, Camps/Tramps, Project Groups and Events.

Delivery is based on a youth development philosophy and framework, underpinned by the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa, and incorporates a culture of ‘safety first’.

All activities within programmes are co-designed with young people to achieve specific developmental outcomes around :

  1. learning life skills,
  2. working collaboratively,
  3. building resilience,
  4. unlocking potential and
  5. uplifting mana.

Results are then evaluated and internationally bench-marked to inspire continuous improvement.

Regular training of our staff is pivotal to the consistent application of our youth development principles at every site, and our (awesome) staff are fully committed to putting this into practice.

Our approach ensures that our participants have a positive and engaging experience at Youthtown, from the minute we meet them, to when they leave us to go home.

The regular sense of achievement they gain with us, amongst their peers, inspires confidence and inspires a 'Dream It, Do It ' philosophy for life.


  • Youthtown After-school Activities in Action
  • Youthtown Holiday Programme Art Work
  • Youth team building games with Youthtown
  • Youthtown Holiday Sports Group Activity With Staff
  • Youth Holiday Programme with Youthtown Christchurch
Our Values

Our values are integrated into everything we do. Our participants are encouraged to define these values in their own way with examples of what it might look like within their particular age group. These behaviours are then reinforced appropriately throughout the day as well as role modelled by staff. View the Youthtown Values HERE

Belonging (Turungawaewae)

They build positive relationships that includes and respects others.

Mastery (Tohungatanga)

They are motivated to develop their abilities through learning, sharing and refining skills.

Independence (Mana Motuhake)

They take responsibility for their choices, behaviour and the consequences these generate.

Our Programmes

Youthtown’s programmes are specifically designed to engage and develop each school age group both during school and outside of school. They are consistently delivered across New Zealand in ‘The Youthtown Way’, which is our youth development philosophy.

All programmes meet relevant New Zealand site and system standards such as Ministry of Social Development (MSD) for OSCAR After School and Holiday Programmes.

We have the Outdoors Mark Certification and the backing of NZ Sport Organisations to deliver our physical and adventure based activiites, and we are accredited to award the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary award. 

All events we run are drug, alcohol and smoke free.

Through Youthtown, young people have access to the widest range of activities and with so much choice, you can be sure that they will have an amazing time.

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