About Us

Over 100 Years of Investing in the Next Generation

Te Whakangao i te Reanga ā Mua

The Y has been making positive things happen for our region’s rangatahi since 1917. All our programmes and services are strengths- and evidence-based according to the principles of Positive Youth Development, and are provided at no or minimal cost to participants. Our mahi in South and Mid Canterbury and North Otago encompasses the following areas:

Youth Development – nurturing the potential in young people through a variety of youth development programmes in the community and in schools, including

Education, Training & Employment Pathways – supporting people to reach their full potential through education and support-to-employment programmes, including:

 Y•Drive Driving School, a social enterprise that provides driver education and licence support for people seeking to attain their Learner, Restricted or Full driver licence. Y•Drive includes:

  • Competitively priced driving lessons to progress from Learner to Restricted or Full Class 1 licence
  • Community Driving Scholarship Programme – a philanthropically-funded initiative to assist people most in need to attain their driver licence
  • Community Driving Mentor Programme, a partnership with the Salvation Army to match volunteer driving mentors with those needing on-the-road driving practice