Youth Services

Challenge 2000 provides a number of services to young people depending on their individual needs. Below you can find information about the specific services we deliver. If you would like to make a referral to one of our youth services, please use our online referral form found here.


Jacob practices a holistic and person-centred approach to counselling, which is all about helping you to feel safe and supported to achieve your goals. Believing that you are the expert of your own life, you are invited to set the pace and focus of counselling sessions. However, we recognise that there is no one-size-fits all method to counselling. Jacob can also work pluralistically to meet you where you are.

To request counselling, please fill out our online referral form. It will provide Jacob with a better understanding of your needs, expectations and of how counselling can be most helpful for you or your young person. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call, email or just drop in for a chat. After the referral, we will get back to you within 5 working days to arrange an initial meeting.

Generally, you can expect up to eight 50-minute sessions. The number of sessions may vary depending on your needs and our capacity. Sometimes people just need a few sessions to clarify their thoughts or to ‘let off steam’. Some issues may take much longer to work through – we can discuss how best to receive ongoing support.

As per our kaupapa at Challenge 2000, we are committed to providing a professional, quality and responsive service for young people and families in the community. In recognition of differing circumstances, there is no fixed fee for counselling sessions. If you have the means to provide payment or offer koha for sessions, we would greatly appreciate and encourage you to do so in order to support our work as a registered charity. As an estimate, each session would cost anywhere from $50-110 and can be paid directly to Challenge 2000 using the account number01-0519-0057660-00. However we don’t want cost to be a barrier to accessing support. If this is the case, there’s no stress and we’re still more than happy to work with you.

Intensive programme for high risk youth aged 12-18

This programme is designed for young people who are at risk of offending or re-offending, have complex emotional, behavioural and/or substance needs. We carry out a thorough assessment to develop an appropriate programme plan to meet the individual needs of the young person. The programme may include supervision with activity, one on one mentoring, counselling, therapy, personal development, goal setting and reviews. The programme works is delivered by our youth workers.

Reintegration programme for youth aged 12-18

This programme focuses on reintegrating young people back into their communities. This programme is designed to empower young people to make better life choices and increase their chances of success with training, education and future employment. This programme is delivered by our youth workers.

Social and community work support for families

This service is tailored to meet the individual needs of each family and delivers intensive individual support through to short term specific goal focused support. The aim of the service is to strengthen families to ensure the safety of children and young people within their families, and to enhance the wellbeing of all family members. This service is very broad and we can provide support in many ways – such as mediation, advocacy, budgeting advice and life and home skills.

After School Youth Development Programmes

Challenge 2000 youth workers run youth programmes at the Johnsonville and Newlands Community Centers, these programmes are free to attend but registration is required. Please contact us if you are interested in your child taking part.
Johnsonville Community Center, Tuesdays, 3-4.45pm, School aged youth in years 7-13.
Newlands Community Center, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-4.45pm, School aged youth in years 7-13.

Referral Form