Because your support makes a difference!

“It is not our programmes that make the impact but rather through bringing people into a sense of belonging that we empower them to make their own lasting life changes.”
– Mary Wanhill (Founder & CEO)


Youth Encounter offers several youth development programmes including counselling therapy, mentoring, residential camps, gatherings, leadership growth and work readiness. Each programme enables young people to focus forward with hope using our Arotika Ki Te Kaupapa track concept as a pathway of opportunities to encounter their God-given potential and live life to the fullest, or as we say ‘live life wide open’. 

When our young people have a sense of belonging and start to believe in their true value, they will become who they hoped to be and live the life they dreamed of from this place of knowing who God created them to become! 

Empowering rangatahi to unleash their potential through activity-based therapy

Connecting youth with positive role models for support and guidance through life experiences

A camp experience to discover more about life and connect with others

A supportive and inclusive community for people to belong and become their very best

Preparing youth for employment and transitioning them into the workplace

Empowering leaders to influence and change their world

A fundraising initiative offering a thrilling dirt bike encounter that makes a difference in young people’s lives!


If you would like to make a referral to one of our programmes please complete the online form at the link below.

Arotika ki te Kaupapa means to have a forward focus and we believe this is the hope our young people need, to see a positive future and be empowered to head towards it. This is the track we want to take our young people on as we parallel life learnings with fun action-based experiences to engage them in a growth mindset of believing in their potential.

We believe every person has incredible potential to live from their true value of unrealised abilities, God-given talents, strengths and qualities that have capacity to develop. But there is also an illusion of potential that deceives us into producing a false sense of value and protection through quick but temporary fulfilment. This comes from the fear of falling short of one’s potential and controls so many young people - resulting in destructive risky behaviours that takes them off track. 

Youth Encounter offers the support and developmental learnings needed to empower young people to get on track and stay on track towards the freedom of encountering their incredible potential.  

"My son is really enjoying the course with the Encounter team.  He is hard to turn off when he gets home and is excited to tell us about the day.  I can see he is building in himself and is more helpful at home.  It is doing him wonders.  Thank you very much." - Debbie (parent)


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