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YMCA Invercargill is setting up a Raise up Crew and needs your help!

What is Raise Up?

‘Raise Up’ is a YMCA youth development programme run by youth, for youth. Established in Auckland in 2002, Raise Up has become a national movement among regional YMCA’s working with youth in their local communities.

Raise Up combines a mixture of activities including; regular meetings, events, workshops and personal development courses. Events and activities are tailored to the interests of youth in each region and could include sport and recreation activities, music, dance, fashion, leadership training, art and much more. Raise up has been designed to offer youth a safe a positive environment in which to relax, socialise and achieve their goals.

Who runs Raise Up?

The programme is run by Raise Up crews who are a group of selected young people representing youth in their local community. They are the organising committee and driving force behind many of the events and activities operated for youth throughout the YMCA. The raise up crew is mentored by a ‘Raise Up Coordinator’. The Coordinators role is to oversee the delivery of the programme and provide support for the crew.

What is a Raise Up Crew?

The Raise Up Crew ideally consists of 15-20 members selected from the local community. Young people can apply to join the crew and go through an easy selection process. Volunteering their time for approximately two hours per week, they meet, plan and implement events, weekly activities, outdoor days and educational workshops for their peers.

What are the benefits of joining a Raise Up Crew?

Raise Up gives young people the opportunity to learn leadership and event management skills. Raise Up is all about gaining new friends and having fun!

The National Council of YMCA’s is a registered training provider with NZQA, there may be opportunities to achieve credits from the NZQF.

A ‘National Youth Development Camp’ is organised annually for all the regional Raise Up crews. During the camp crew members participate in team building activities and leadership skills. The purpose of the camp is to socialise with each other and provide participants with the skills and focus they need to excel in their Raise Up goals for the year.

How do I apply?

Interested in joining the Southland ‘Raise Up Crew’?

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