Youth Houses – Supported Living

Youth house meet up!

Challenge 2000 has youth houses in Island Bay, Lyall Bay and three in Kilbirnie. Our youth houses are made up of two leaders, youth workers and vulnerable young people who are living away from their whanau to attend College or unable to live in their own homes.

Operating within our youth houses is the Supported Living Programme where we support up to six young people aged 17-20 years with the goal of transitioning into independence or interdependence under Ministry of Social Development.

Our youth houses provide a positive whanau environment where young people and young adults can develop, learn, form community and reach their potential. Youth house members are responsible for maintenance of the house in terms of cleaning and up-keep of the grounds which means there is plenty of opportunity to learn new skills.

Halloween celebration for our youth houses

House members also learn to cook and actively participate in community events.  Our supported living program goal is to set our young adults up with skills that would enhance a healthy life style and be able to utilise all their learnings when they decide they are ready for independent living with the knowledge and confidence they take with them.