"What I most enjoy about Encounter Camps is the awesome uplifting atmosphere on the track, in the pits and back at camp" - Participant

Your support will transform lives!



Creating a fun environment for people to belong


Meeting people where they at at with acceptance


Developing a strength-based community through genuine connections


Empowering people to release their God-given potential


Our vision is to empower all young people of Aotearoa New Zealand to live life wide open. We are dedicated to creating an environment where genuine acceptance can be found and authentic connections formed.

Through our fun culture, we create a space where people not only discover their true value but are also empowered to live life to the fullest.

To Live Life Wide Open is the ultimate expression of ones truest self, of who we are created to be. We believe this is the mana or value every person is born with and has the potential to develop. 

A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!” - Jesus (John 10:10)

The Impact:

  • Improved mental well-being and enhanced social interaction for healthier whānau.

  • Motivation to actively participate in a healthy culture, leading to safer communities.

  • Empowerment to become contributing members of society and sources of inspiration for others.

  • Confidence to develop skills and engage in personal development for ongoing freedom.

At Youth Encounter, we are committed to shaping a brighter future for young individuals and the communities they are a part of, guided by our vision to witness the youth of this nation thrive.

Explore our programmes and camps designed to foster a growth mindset towards developing a strengthened identity, motivated with purpose, instil hope, and build resilience.

We believe God is a good Father 

We believe Jesus grace offers us full acceptance

We believe we develop through connection

We believe Holy Spirit empowers us


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