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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


At Youth Encounter, 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.

Living life wide open involves cultivating a secure identity, finding purpose, nurturing hope for the future, and fostering resilience in the face of life's challenges. At Youth Encounter, the young person is at the central to all we do. We take an individualized and person-centered approach that unleashes their potential for our youth to achieve successful outcomes of living life wide open.

Our commitment is to make a positive difference in the lives of young people and contribute to the well-being of our nation. The impacts we aim to see in the individuals we engage with include:

  • 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 success.

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.

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

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


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