Leadership Programmes

Outdoor and adventure-based learning to support young leaders of tomorrow

The Y offers free weekly or day programmes to empower and develop the leaders of tomorrow.

Get an Edge

Get an Edge is a free weekly programme to develop young leaders.

You’ll get opportunities to

  • gain awesome leadership skills
  • engage with outdoor and adventure-based activities
  • share your voice
  • take on practical leadership experiences
  • engage with and support different community organisations
  • gain confidence
  • learn key teamwork and communication skills
  • and be equipped with skills that will positively impact you throughout your lifetime.

Get an Edge will start in March 2024 and will be based at the Y’s Tay St premise (77 Tay St, Invercargill).

Leadership Days

The Y hosts up to 12 leadership days each year at our outdoor camp at Omaui. These are free for schools, groups, agencies or organisations but require bookings in advance. We can also hold day programmes at our Tay Street base, incorporating our indoor climbing wall.

Leadership days will focus on

  • adventure-based learning
  • outdoor experiences
  • teamwork
  • confidence
  • communication
  • leadership

and will encourage young people to step out of their comfort zone and try new activities and experiences.

Programmes are delivered by outdoor-qualified staff and often supported by the Y’s youth services team.

Find out more

To find out more about our day-based leadership programmes, please contact our team.
Email: youth@ymcasouth.org.nz
Phone: 03 218 2989

Why adventure-based learning works

Adventure-based learning encourages and supports young people to get out of their comfort zones, and to gain practical skills in teamwork, leadership and communication. It also inspires confidence – giving young people the opportunity to experience unique challenges to face and overcome.

It’s all completed in a supportive, engaging environment, where everyone is supported to have a go.

Previous programme participants said the skills they learned could help them in a range of ways in their daily lives:

It will help me be a better person in life.

Programme participant

Things such as outdoor education at school and also school camps, I feel much more confident and can share the skills I have learned with the juniors in the future.

Programme participant

The team work could help with my confidence with people I’m unfamiliar with.

Programme participant