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What is Youthline?

Youthline Southland has been helping young New Zealanders and their families since 1970.

We are the first point of entry for young people to access a wide range of youth development and support services, and we work hard to achieve our vision of creating communities which relate to the needs of young people, respond to them, and support them to achieve their potential.

Youth development is about being connected, having quality relationships, fostering participation and being able to access good information, and as an organisation we concentrate on:

Community Development: engaging and involving young people

People Development: evolving and developing young people

Service Provision: providing meaningful and real ways to give back to the community



To create communities which relate to the needs of young people, respond to them and support them to achieve their potential. 


Building a youth-centred community that provides meaningful experience with leadership development processes that are ethical, sensitive and aware of the needs of people and their environment and fosters honesty, responsibility and potential.


Youthline believes in fostering leadership and personal skills in young people. It does this by focusing on involving young people; both those who seek assistance and those who wish to develop themselves.