Raise Up is a YMCA youth development programme that is offered here in Tauranga for youth, run by youth. Raise Up aims to inspire and encourage young people to have a sense of pride and respect for themselves and the communities in which they live in, through leadership development and personal ownership. This program has been running since 2002 around other locations in New Zealand but has just recently started up here in Tauranga since 2018. Raise Up has grown to provide opportunities in 12 different communities. Each of the locations is made up of a crew of youth from the local community, who are tasked with identifying the needs of young people within their community and responding by running events and providing workshops and activities for the youth.

Our Tauranga Raise Up crew will meet on a Wednesday afternoon from 4pm until around 6pm. This time allows us to meet as a crew, talk about our day, share food of course and also discuss what events and activities we want to run within the community. Being a part of the Raise Up crew we also volunteer hours back into the community, whether this is helping out at a local event that needs extra volunteers or having a tree planting day. Once a year all the crews around New Zealand come together for a camp where the crews get to meet each other and do team building and leadership development activities.

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 an individual.

If you would like to get more information about our Raise Up programme, feel free to visit our website:

If you would like to join the crew, please email our Raise Up Youth Coordinator at with your contact information and a bit of information about yourself by answering the questions below:

  • 1.       What are your interests/hobbies?

  • 2.       What do you think makes a good leader?

  • 3.       Why would you like to be on the Raise Up Crew?

We look forward to you being a part of the crew!




Youth Help Lines:
If you or anyone you know needs someone to talk to, the services below are available 24 hours a days, 7 days a week and you can get support from a trained counsellor

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text to 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757 or free text to 4202 – This service provides a trained counsellor where you can talk about how you are feeling or to ask any questions that you might have.

Youthline - Free to call on 0800 376 633 or Free text to 234.

What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 for anyone from the ages of 5-18years old. Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday from midday to 11pm and on weekends from 3pm-11pm.


For more information on New Zealand helplines visit:




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