KYS is a Youth One Stop Shop committed to providing the most effective services to meet the health and wellbeing needs of Kapiti youth. We’re passionate about providing services which truly make a difference and that means not only working closely with youth but also with families and the community.
Since opening in 1996 we have worked hard for excellence, while improving and extending the services we offer to our 5,200 young people. This figure demonstrates that we are meaningfully engaged with approximately 78% of Kapiti youth. (Census 2013 figures).
This high level of engagement is the direct result of the consistent efforts of our highly qualified team in contributing to the positive development of healthy young people as they transition into adulthood. The KYS team is experienced in working with young people and responding to their needs in a manner that achieves results.
Our services include medical and nursing services, sexual health, clinical psychology, counselling, alcohol and drug services, social work, mentoring, parenting, peer support, transition to work, youth development, education programmes and therapeutic groups.
All of our services are available free to Kapiti young people aged between 10 and 24 years.
Our holistic model of care allows each member of our team to build strong enduring relationships with the young people we engage with. This integrated approach is acknowledged to improve a young person’s engagement with services and their outcomes.
Our core strength is our commitment to seeing each young person as an individual with needs, strengths and challenges that are unique to them.
This approach enables meaningful contact and engagement with each young person and allows us to be responsive to their needs.
Being able to engage with young people from the ages of 10 to 24 in consistent ways supports relationship based practice. This is acknowledged as the most effective approach to working with young people, and our experience confirms this.
To provide a safe, confidential, youth focused environment for the delivery of high quality health and support services for young people in the Kapiti Coast community
Young Person Centered - Staff are responsive to the needs of young people and establish trusting and respectful relationships.
Staff build engagement through a consent based relationship and focus on the strengths of the young person.
Commitment to Quality - Staff makes sound decisions guided by research and evaluation and have the required skills, knowledge and training for their position.
Kaupapa of Care - Staff are passionate about improving the lives of young people and recognise the cultural, historical, economic, social and political contexts that young people live in. Staff are compassionate and show mutual trust and respect with colleagues as well as young people.
Relationship Focused - Staff advocate for young people and communicate with integrity while maintaining effective relationships
Staff work collaboratively, and contribute to ongoing integration within KYS. Innovation/Thinking differently – Staff are proactive and use initiative to ensure that KYS is leading the field.
Staff use evaluation, research and continual development to trial new ideas and learnings to ensure KYS is relevant to young people
All of our services are provided free of charge for young people aged 10-24 years. Because of this, funding is continually one of our greatest challenges. If you have a child who is engaged in our services or has been in the past, we would ask you to consider, if you possibly can, to use the donate button at the top of this page.
Or, if you’re a Vodafone customer, you can use our TEXT2Give option. Simply text the word KYS to 7003 to donate $3, 7005 to donate $5 or 7010 to donate $10. Every little bit makes a difference.
We have warm and friendly premises in both Paraparaumu and Otaki. You’ll find our address and contact details on the CONTACT page.
For college students we also provide weekly outreach clinics at Paraparmumu, Kapiti and Otaki colleges. Please see our school clinics page for more details.
Our greatest success stories are always about positive outcomes for the young people we engage with. Here are a few comments from young people and their families where KYS has made a difference in their life:
“It’s (KYS) a family type place. You feel so welcome even when you walk in, doesn’t matter who is here it feels so welcome. Everyone is in a good mood, being here wasn’t a burden (for staff). Here it’s “how can I help you”.”
”The moral support I’ve got from KYS, the talking, the hanging out, the advice I’ve been given has helped me to change my ways and helped me to make decisions about what I’m doing with my life”
“If I didn’t have KYS I would have been dead, to be honest, as it was pretty crap and I was getting into drugs. No comparing KYS to anything else. I would’ve ended up dead, or on the wrong medication, or none at all”.
“We were absolutely terrified we were going to lose our young person. Without KYS, for some of us, we would be losing our youth. If we hadn’t come here we’d be brining our young person back from the city in a box”.
“My young person is improving a lot – and for me it was a great relief to find some help. I felt very hopeless dealing with their problems and my teens hostility before coming here to KYS”.
Our commitment to youth, our focus on best practice and continuous commitment in research and development has resulted in us becoming a recognised leader in the delivery of youth services both internationally and in New Zealand.
Some of our achievements include:
KYS Youth Outcomes Model and Measures.
This project affirms KYS as an innovative leader in the field of youth health and social support in NZ. KYS in partnership with Evaluation Works Ltd, using funding from the Health Research Council, has developed a youth outcomes model and measure that captures a set of meaningful and useful information about the outcomes for young people, including the hard to measure areas that are key to the development of healthy, resilient, thriving young people. We have trialled the model and measures as part of an impact evaluation that identified the changes experienced by young people and the contribution KYS made to those changes.
The highlights of the impact evaluation include:
This project has strongly enhanced KYS’s ability to effectively report on the health and wellbeing outcomes for the young people we work with and to ensure that our approach is the best it can be. It is a significant step towards developing an integrated; outcomes focused monitoring and reporting system to inform clinical and service planning, funding decisions and funders. In this way it is an emphatic response to Government’s ongoing requirements to measure the effectiveness of their investment in social and health spending.
2013 - Overall Team of the Year - CCDHB Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards
2013 - Supreme Award - CCDHB Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards
2008 - Small Business of the Year - Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards
2008 - Recognition of Community Service - Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards
Our young people are our leaders of tomorrow. Creating positive, well supported journeys into adulthood builds a foundation of strong confident contributors for our community. It is in all of our interest for this community to be populated by youth who are enabled to be everything they possibly can be. Our work has a direct impact on the reduction of youth suicides, crime, violence, drug and alcohol misuse. Costs to society from these issues is significant.
Although we receive some government funding there is a significant shortfall and funding is often short term and not guranteed. We rely on donations, grants and fundraising activities to support the current services. There are few investments that provide such enriched outcomes for not only our young people but their families and wider community. Your donation means a lot.
Our commitment to research both on a national and international level is ongoing. This work ensures that we are capturing the voice of our young people, keeping our staff involved in current evidence based developments and ensuring our services are appropriate to our community.
We have made it a priority to develop and maintain relationships with universities, evaluators and researchers. Our effort provides us with the ongoing opportunity to measure the effectiveness of our work and remain at the forefront of developing and trialing new interventions.
2010 - SPARX E-Therapy – participant in the trial of Sparx e-therapy (KYS provided 40% of the participants in this study)
2013 - SPARX E- Therapy Monitoring Research Project. – KYS collaborated to pilot this project www.sparx.org.nz
An ongoing relationship with Massey University, Practice Research and Professional Development Hub - The Pathways to Resilience and Long Term Successful Youth Transitions research projects - KYS was invited to participate in these studies led by Professor Robyn Munford and Associate Professor Jackie Sanders and is involved in the dissemination of research findings http://www.youthsay.co.nz/massey/index.cfm
To view our Measuring Youth Outcomes Summary Report 2013 document, visit our website on a desktop computer
Behind every good organisation is a great support team - and KYS is no exception! From answering phones to the annual appeal, there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes to make KYS run in a smooth, organised and professional manner… and these are the people who help make that happen.
We are a non-government organisation with Charitable Trust status. The responsibilities of our Trust includes ensuring our vision, mission, goals and values are at all times upheld. Their responsibilities also include steering the strategic direction of our services.
Our team of Trustees bring to the table a variety of experience, skill, background and community connections. We are grateful for each and every one of them. Our Trustees are:
Rob Kofoed (Chair)
Katrina Ross (Treasurer)
RGON (Registered General & Obstetric Nurse), Bachelor of Nursing, Certificate in Supervision, Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care
15 years general nursing experience. I worked in practice at KYS from it's inception in 1996, being appointed Manager in 2004.
Family, skiing, driving fast (when allowed to!) and the odd spot of shopping.
All of the doctors at KYS are trained GP’s who also work in other local practices. They have expert skills, knowledge and experience in working with youth and choose to work here because they are passionate about young people. They offer the full range of doctor’s services - and it’s free.
Usually the first health professional you’ll see when you come to KYS, our team of Registered Nurses are vastly experienced and can help you with all general medical conditions, as well as sexual health or mental health concerns. If there’s something they can’t help you with, they’ll find out who can.
The Mental Health team comprises qualified and experienced mental health nurses, clinical psychologists and counsellors offering counselling for mild to moderate mental health issues including depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug addiction, anger management, grief and loss. We have a holistic approach that effectively supports young people to flourish.
For those who find it hard to get to KYS or who just want a chat, the regular College clinics gives access to our registered nurses at Paraparaumu, Kapiti and Otaki colleges during college hours. A doctor is also available at the Otaki clinic.
Otaki College – Tuesday 9-10.30am & Thursday 10.30-1pm
Paraparapumu College – Monday 1.35-3.15pm
Kapiti College – Monday 9.30-12pm
Appointments for school clinics can be made at the school reception however we do accommodate drop-ins.
In response to the ongoing demand within the community, and to make it easier for Otaki young people to access KYS, we have opened an outreach clinic in Otaki offering free Doctor and Nurse services. This clinic is currently open on Tuesdays from 11am – 4pm. To make an appointment please call KYS on 063647305 or KYS in Paraparaumu on 049059597.
Developed for young people aged 12-18 years who may be showing signs of challenging behaviour, Stepping Stones is a dynamic, fun, and practical programme that involves a 10 week group course, individual mentoring, connecting with community and whanau support. Themes such as managing emotions and changing negative thoughts and beliefs are covered. Its aim is to help each young person develop the motivation within to build new and different attitudes and behaviours that will ultimately impact positively on their lives.
The Parent Support programme provides education, care and support to young parents (15-24 age groups). This includes hapu/antenatal support groups and birth education with young parents. Relationships formed through these ‘early stages’ groups have formed the framework for on-going weekly parent support groups and courses. Triple P programmes are offered for parents requiring support, education and skills in child behavioural management.
One of the strengths of the mentoring programme at KYS is the opportunity for long term involvement with young people. Often young people with complex mental health issues will access both the mentor for support with building self-esteem and making progress on goals, whilst also seeing the KYS clinical psychologist. It’s not uncommon for the mentor to have seen someone for several years; although contact may no longer be on a weekly basis, when an issue confronts the young person and they require clarity or guidance they are able to easily re-engage with KYS. It also gives KYS a chance to see the long term development of the young person and the positive effects of KYS in their lives.
Youth Service (MSD - W&I Youth Service within the Kapiti district). The Youth Service coaches work with young people aged 16 & 17 ( NEET) who are disengaging from school and support them to reengage with education or training and help transition them into employment.
The youth coaches also work with young people who are receiving a Work and Income benefit and support them to meet the requirements of their benefit whilst providing wrap-around support through the many services offered at KYS. The youth coaches have developed close relationships with a variety of employers, this helps facilitate the young person into appropriate employment and the employer appreciates the extra support available to them as the young person settles into work.
It is well known that periods of major transition make young people more vulnerable. These include primary to secondary school, school to employment / further study and leaving home to go flatting.
KYS also administers the Young Parent Payment (YPP), a weeky payment for 16-19 year old parents who are in need of financial assistance.
Please contact us for more details.
Youth Pathways to Employment - Otaki
A new programme aims to improve employment opportunities for young people living in Ōtaki aged between 15 and 24 years. The Youth Pathways pilot project has received initial funding from Kapiti Coast District Council for a period of nine months. The project will be run by Kāpiti Youth Support. KYS are well placed to offer this pilot project as they have many established networks throughout the community and already provide the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Work & Income Youth Services initiative.
The Youth Pathways Co-ordinator will work alongside the Youth Service coaches as both roles add value for young people transitioning into employment or training. One of the roles of the Co-ordinator will be to develop and build strong relationships with local businesses, educators and trainers to advance vocational pathways for this group and to create a database of youth friendly employers so that these businesses can be connected with suitable young workers.
The Youth Rep programme is an integral part of KYS and was established within a year of first opening. The KYS Youth Reps are a team of motivated and friendly young people from Kapiti and Paraparaumu Colleges who are in Year 13. They are paid and volunteer their time to work for KYS and give back to their community. The Youth Reps role is to be the youth friendly face of KYS, they work at the front desk after school, they help to keep KYS clean and tidy, they run and attend events initiated by KYS and local community organisations, and they are a friendly face within the college that studentscan go to if they need information about getting support. The Youth Reps are important members of the KYS team, keeping us up to date and current with what is happening for our young people in the Kapiti Coast area and beyond. Many of our youth reps have gone on to be social workers, doctors, nurses, counsellors or have even returned to work at KYS. New youth reps are selected every year. If you are interested in applying for a Youth Rep role, please contact us.
Project Youth is a fun, supportive, confidential social hub for young people with diverse genders and sexualities in the Kāpiti region. Part support group, part hang-out space, we meet once a week and take on group events and activities throughout the year. Project Youth is open to all young people between 13 - 18 who are exploring their gender and sexuality, who identify as Takatāpui or who fit within the LGBTIA* spectrum.
*LGBTIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Asexual. It is an acronym that covers some of the identities in our rainbow community, but certainly not all.
Creative writing workshops
Driver license workshops
KYS Annual Appeal
Being a Charitable Trust, KYS is always trying to find new and creative ways to fund its work. With this in mind we launched our first ever annual street appeal – “Coining it for KYS”. Held in May 2015 it was a resounding success! Staff from KYS, Youth Reps from the local colleges and volunteers from the community all pitched in to help collect in sites around the Kapiti region from Paekakariki to Otaki. With all the coins collected we created an amazing coin art mural in our local Coastlands shopping mall which looked incredible and was available for public viewing all weekend. See pictures here
The 2016 Annual Appeal will be held on 28th May 2016 and will coincide with Youth Week.
Please contact us if you would like to get involved.
Kys is an active participant in youth week and activities run in conjunction with and are dependent on the national focus.
Each year KYS give young people the opportunity to display and sell their art work as part of the Arts Trail weekend.
Currently we have support groups running for a variety of needs, including young mums, creative writing, art, an anxiety support group and a support group for parents of non-heterosexual youth. If you’d like to get involved in any of these groups (or start another one!) just get in touch with us.
I began my work with Queer and Trans young people as a volunteer for the Wellington-based group 'School's Out', and have been facilitating and coordinating groups for over three years. It was an honour to help create Project Youth and it continues to be a strong and vibrant place of support. When I'm not advocating for our young LGBTIA community I work as a filmmaker and videographer.
We’re sure you know what it’s like having a house full of kids - particularly teenagers. They’re expensive! Well imagine looking after 5000 of them. That’s what we do. All of our services are provided free of charge, and balancing the budget is an ongoing challenge. If you are able to help us out by donating, you have no idea how grateful we would be. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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