NICOLE

KYS Youth Coach

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Social Work.

Experience:

I grew up on the Kapiti Coast and while at Paraparaumu college I was a peer support worker for Kapiti Youth Support. After my degree, I moved to Auckland for a year or so and worked as a social worker before moving home to be with family, friends and my puppy, Oli. I am super happy to be back home, at KYS!

Loves:

Puppies (especially my pup, Oli), food, sunshine and adventures.

STEPH

KYS Youth Coach

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Social Work, Massey University. Level 7 /8 Counselling Studies, NMIT.

Experience:

I am originally from Lower Hutt. I have worked in many different sectors including Oranga Tamariki, Family Violence, Sexual Violence, and Mental Health. I have also travelled extensively and lived and worked as a Tour Guide in India for ten years. I feel privileged to take up a role as Youth Coach at KYS supporting our very important young people.

Loves:

Camping, Travelling, weekends, adventures, nature, spirituality and spending time with my daughter and eating healthy food.

JEN

KYS Youth Coach

Qualifications:

Bsc Hons Geography with Sports Studies

Post graduate in Careers Guidance

NVQ level 4 Youth Guidance and support

Experience:

Taught English in Spain and at summer camp in UK. Worked as a youth guidance and schools counselor in the UK for about 7 years then moved to sunny New Zealand and starting working for Central Regional Health School. Worked within community Mental Health organisation before joining the crew at KYS.

Loves:

Travelling everywhere, mountain biking in the hills and working on my van.

REUBEN

KYS Youth Coach

Qualifications:

Diploma in Performing Arts, Graduate Diploma in Teaching – GradDipT

Experience:

I am a devoted father of 3, and am fluent in NZSL. I have had many management roles in the hospitality industry over the last 20 years, and have been DJ’ing for 15 years.

Loves:

DJ’ing, rugby league and my family.

EFFI

KYS Youth Coach

Qualifications:

Bachelor of arts in Education and Sociology

Experience:

I Grew up on the Kapiti Coast and after a university stint in Palmerston North returned to work here on the Coast. For the past 11 years I have been working in the ‘disability’ sector helping individuals make and achieve goals, enter into employment and enjoy their life.

Loves:

All things animals, boxing, food, socialising, family, traveling and exploring!

KELLY

KYS Youth Coach

Qualifications:

National Certificate in Animal Care, National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, National Certificate in Fitness Instructing, National Certificate in Advanced Personal Training

Experience:

As a Vet nurse I worked as a surgical nurse at Wellington SPCA then moved on to Personal training and became HOD of Administration at Fit Club Gym.

Loves:

My background consists of a variety of different roles over the years including veterinary nursing, sales and marketing and administration; however my passion for youth developed over a number of years when I trained as a Personal Trainer, this is where I developed my client base and approach towards helping youth with Confidence building, health and wellbeing as well as disabilities. I have worked at KYS in the youth services team for 5 years now, taking a break to have my daughter in 2018. Loves: Spending time with my family, animals, the gym, walking my dog!