CYC work where the young people they work with are. Presence based youth work is the mantra and ethos in which CYC base everything in which they do out of. Meeting young people where they are at, is the key to building a lasting and meaningful relationship, and its out of this relationship that true impact can be felt. Through mentoring (24/7 youth work), life skill building (Youth Service) or education (FWD) CYC aim to holistically provide support to young people in whatever realm the young person requires.
Meet the team
Isaac is our Youth Service Manager. He also has experience working at Springboard Community Works where he worked with at risk youth for 2 years. He has a big passion to see youth succeed and help them in doing so. His work involves getting alongside the youth aged between 16-18 and helping them transition into further education, employment and training.
Olivia is our new Youth Service Manager with over 10 years working with at risk Children and Youth on the North Shore.
Recently she made the smart decision and moved up to the Coast with her husband, Stefan and twins, Toby & Eliza – She is loving the Coastie lifestyle.
Olivia’s role at CYC involves connecting with youth aged 16-18 and helping them with further Education, Employment or Training.
She has a huge passion for young women knowing who they are and what they were created for.
Youth Work Team Leader
Jono has been working with youth for all his adult life, in fact, he was helping out at youth camps since he was a young person himself! He returned from a short hiatus in 2014 to take on the role of Youth Work Team Leader and has been with CYC for over 10 years. Working closely with the staff of Whangaparaoa College, Jono endeavors to create a positive environment for young people both in and out of school and can often be found at events around the community with the mobile drop-in-unit, named ‘Emily’. Jono is a talented and committed leader and core to CYC’s success in supporting local youth.
24-7 Youth Worker
Ash came on board at CYC at the beginning of 2014. He is a master in creating positive environments to connect and build relationship with young people. He focuses his efforts with senior students at Whangaparaoa College and can often be found coaching a few of the schools basketball teams
24-7 Youth Worker
Libby is in her first year with us at Whangaparaoa College as our junior girls youth worker. She has been involved with youth for about 3 years before she became a youth worker, this includes her previous employment as a tutor. Libby thrives in the kind of environments where she can input into the youth’s lives in more ways than one, which is why she really enjoys joining the odd math or english class where she can help the youth through the challenges they may face in and/or out of class.
24-7 Youth Worker
Brendon came onboard as a 24-7 Youth Worker at the beginning of 2016, and his focus is the year 7s and 8s at Whangaparaoa College. He has been working with young people for six years , and has a passion to see young people realise their full potential in amongst all of the things in life young people have to face. You can often find Brendon in the junior block at Whangaparaoa College, connecting with young people and losing at handball. Brendon also runs the intermediate-age youth ministry at Whangaparaoa Baptist Church, “Ablaze”, so he is with this age group almost every day!
24-7 Youth Worker
Sam started working in Gulf Harbour school supporting their intermediates. He's now our middle school youth worker at Whangaparaoa College. Not only is he a whiz behind a camera, utilising his skills in our social media, but he is an awesome musician too! He brings joy and some great knowledge to the youth work team.
Tim joined CYC in 2015 as a board member for the Trust. Tim has grown up on the coast, attending Kingsway School and university completing a degree in marketing. Currently Tim is employed at Burger Fuel as a Cultural Marketing Assistant. With many years experience leading and mentoring groups of young people (including volunteering for CYC), and caring dutifully for his award-winning moustache, we are super pleased to have Tim on our board!
Karen works part time as an Operations Manager at Waitemata District Health. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and a Masters in Health Sciences. Karen has previous governance experience having been on the Board of KingsWay school for 6 years, 4 of those as Board Chair. She is currently the Board Chair of All Heart New Zealand and is the Director of a property investment company. Karen is excited about supporting the work of CYC using her experience in leadership, governance and administration. Karen enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, being part of the worship team at Whangaparoa Baptist and attending the gym.
Carol is originally from the UK where she worked in Public Relations and Event Management for a large multi-national for several years before emigrating with her family 15 years ago. While raising her young family in New Zealand she ran her own small business and now works for a local importing and distribution company specialising in marketing and digital communications. She has 2 teenage children and been an active member of Whangaparaoa Baptist Church since 2002.
Sam works part time as the Finance Manager at Coast Kindy. She has degrees in Accounting and Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Sam started her own small business accounting practice when her second child was a baby, and has been operating that part time while staying home to look after her 3 children, the youngest of whom has just started school. She loves exploring our beautiful coast with her family and friends, going to the beach in all weather, jogging and curling up with a good book.
Mike works the in civil engineering industry as a part owner of march-cato construction. Mike, along with his wife Sonia, have been involved in many areas of the community including scouts, school boards, youth groups and local youth camps, for 20+years. His experience is vast and his wise insights are incredibly valuable to CYC Trust. A practical, no non-sense approach, keeps us sharp and shapes our impact here in the Whangaparaoa community.
Josh has worked for CYC Trust for almost a decade and has recently come on board as our Executive Director- we are absolutely thrilled to have him in this role. Josh has a Bachelor of Theology and is also the Youth Pastor of Whangaparaoa Baptist Church. Josh has a strong interest in male role modelling and mentoring and runs The Rite Journey program at Whangaparaoa College. He is married to Anna and they have two wonderful daughters, Lace and Willow.
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Kylah has been working with us since mid 2016, after she graduated university as a social worker. While completing her degree Kylah gained experience working with the previous CYC Family worker, and also spent time working with those in the community who experience mental health issues. Kylah now spends her days at FWD – a course that supports young people to gain credits and develop goals and a plan for their future.
Chandra is our trust administrator extraordinaire and keeps all the gears well oiled and working correctly. Some parts of her job are pretty tough but she always finds it rewarding. Her heart is for our community especially our elderly and our youth. She is happily married with three children and two grandsons.