Aiding youth development through Raise Up – run by youth for youth
Raise Up is YMCA’s youth development programme and is unique because it is run by youth, for youth.
Raise Up aims to empower young people to foster a sense of pride and respect for themselves and the communities in which they live in, through personal ownership and leadership development. Since starting at YMCA Auckland in 2002, Raise Up has grown to provide opportunities across Auckland communities and is now growing nationwide. YMCA Greater Wellington has 3 crews across Upper Hutt, Masterton & Porirua. Each location has a crew made up of young people from the local community. Crews are tasked with identifying the needs of young people in their community and responding with events, workshops, activities, and initiatives.
Auckland Raise Up crews deliver some of Auckland’s largest youth events including ‘Walk The Line’, the only youth produced fashion show at New Zealand Fashion Week. The programme has grown to engage and attracted over 15000 young people every year. The young people involved in the programme have given back over 18000 hours of voluntary community service in the last 12 months. YMCA Greater Wellington is just starting out but had delivered some smaller community initiatives across the region.
Importantly Raise Up is a drug and alcohol-free programme providing a safe environment for young people to test their personal boundaries and develop as individuals.