The Salvation Army and The Warehouse Group know that life can be tough for young people, so we’ve teamed up to develop an awesome youth development programme called Aspire. Aspire aims to help young people throughout New Zealand develop the skills, confidence, knowledge and networks they need to successfully address challenges and achieve their goals.
Aspire Programme Outline
Led by experienced Salvation Army youth workers in centres and schools around the country, the year-long Aspire programme involves:
- Weekly sessions in groups of 10, over 32 weeks.
- A 3-day adventure programme with possible activities including tramping, abseiling, canoeing, caving, white water rafting and more. This is led by qualified outdoor instructors at The Salvation Army's Blue Mountain Adventure Centre.
- Developing teamwork and project skills by planning and implementing a community project to address a local issue, ending with goal setting and a graduation celebration.
Aspire is based on the Circle of Courage youth development model. It provides a fun, supportive environment for youth to work on personal development, connecting positively with others, achieving and mastering essential life skills, taking responsibility for their decisions, and living with purpose and generosity.
2019 Programme Report
Check out the latest Aspire report here for a great snapshot of the programme and the amazing impact it's having on young people around New Zealand.
Click the following links to access the 30 Aspire lesson plans: