Coast Youth Community Trust (CYC Trust) was established in 2006 as an independent charitable trust. There was a need identified on the Coast, for Youth Workers to be able to walk alongside young people in the community, supporting them emotionally, mentally and vocationally.
CYC Trust introduced '24-7 Youth Work' in Whangaparaoa College after seeing the amazing work in action from Spreydon Baptist Church (now South West Baptist) at their local school. The newly formed team from CYC Trust was able to work along-side the Principal, Brian O’Connell and the Guidance Counsellor, Kim Stephenson (now Osbourne) at Whangaparaoa College to establish what is now, 16 years later, a thriving team of Youth Workers in the College.
CYC Trust was incorporated on 16th Feb 2007 and became a registered charity on 17th July 2007. Anna Long (Sanford) Joe Youssef, Wok Henton and Clinton Sanford formed Coast Youth Community Trust. The trust immediately employed an additional male youth worker, Jono Dempsey, followed by Mairi Barrett (our first Trust administrator), and then two more youth workers, Susan Barrett and Josh Sanford.
From there, the CYC Trust staff team grew and services expanded, including taking on government contracts for Strengthening Families and Youth Service. Plus, creating new support programmes for young people through Coast Mentoring, FWD (Forward With Direction – a NCEA credited full time programme for 16-18 yr olds) and running other events, workshops and community spaces.
CYC Trust would not be where it is today without the hard mahi, sacrifice and aroha from those key people in the early days as well as the support and continuous prayers from the whanau at Whangaparaoa Baptist Church.
CYC Trust has become a one stop shop for youth needs on the Hibiscus Coast. Our mission is to Partner with Rangatahi through Relationships.