To give young people a safe and healthy environment in which to achieve their goals and socialise.


To foster a sense of pride and respect for themselves and the communities in which they live through personal ownership and leadership development.


The Raise Up youth development programme is run at 4 locations across the Wellington region. Each Raise Up programme is overseen by a Raise Up coordinator employed by the YMCA. The Raise Up Coordinator supports and leads a Raise Up Crew, which is a voluntary youth committee made up of teenagers from their community. The crew meet weekly to organise and implement youth events, workshops and activities that are advertised to the local youth community. Each Raise Up crew consists of up to 20 members, who have been recruited through an application process.

Raise Up activities include large events, workshops and weekly activities. These are tailored to the interests of the youth in the community and could include sports, music, dance, art, fashion, leadership training or event management. All Raise Up events are 100% smoke, drug and alcohol free.

An annual youth development camp is organised by the YMCA which give the members of the Raise Up crews around the Greater Wellington region the opportunity to develop their leadership skils and to focus on goal setting for the year ahead.

Our Crews

The Raise Up crew is an integral part of the programme and is where the pragramme is making a real difference to a group of young people. The crew is overseen and facilitated by the Raise Up Cooridinator. Each crew makes decisions affecting their local community and assists in the planning, promotion and running of programmes and events offered in the local area.


The Raise Up crew is responsible for the organisation and implementation of youth focused events through the year. The Raise Up coordinator will guide them through the event planning process and be on hand to ensure all policies and procedures are followed. These are generally one off large scale events focused on music, art, sport or dance.



Wellington City


3 Mcdonald Cresent,


Upper Hutt

Somme Road


Level 3, Pember House


371 Queens Street

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