“It is not our programmes that makes the changes but rather the process empowers our young people to make their own lasting life changes” – Mary Wanhill (Founder & Director)


Youth Encounter offers fun and exciting programmes that enable young people and their families to get on track and stay on track through unleashing and releasing their potential. Through group therapy, counselling, mentoring, camps, community gatherings, leadership training, voluntary work (giving back to the community), workplace experiences and employment opportunities, our youth are empowered to live life to the fullest, or as we put it ‘live life wide open’ on track.

We believe every person has the potential to live from their incredible value of unrealised abilities, God-given talents, strengths and qualities that have capacity to develop. But there is often an illusion of fear that deceives us into producing a false sense of value and protection through temporary fulfillment. This fear controls so many young people resulting in destructive risky behaviours that take them off track. Youth Encounter offers the opportunity to take a track that leads to their freedom of encountering their potential and live life to the fullest, wide open.

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

Empowering marginalised rangatahi through dirt bike riding therapy

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

A team environment for competitors, families and supporters in motocross racing

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

Preparing youth for employment and transitioning them into the workplace

Empowering leaders to influence and change their world

Social enterprise fundraising providing a thrilling dirt bike encounter that makes a difference!

Youth Encounter programme’s are all a vital part of the Arotika ki te Kaupapa track that we take our young people on. Arotika ki te Kaupapa means to focus forward and we believe this is the hope our young people need, to see a positive future and head towards it. We parallel the life learnings without activity learnings to empower people towards their 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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