For the seventh year running Youthline has been chosen as the recipient charity at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.
This year funds from the events in Christchurch and Auckland will be used to support youth work services and youth mentoring, helping young people to reach their potential.
Last year Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park raised nearly $100 000 for the charity and in the past six years the money has been used to develop and provide Youthline’s 24 hour youth help line in ten centres around the country.
Now Youthline is focused on supporting and developing young people in person, through youth work services and at risk youth programmes.
According to Youthline National Spokesperson Stephen Bell, youth programmes and youth mentoring help young people to feel part of the community, develop leadership and make positive connections with others in a safe environment.
“Youth workers offer professional mentoring and help build relationships, set boundaries, model appropriate actions and affirm good behaviour. The young person gets a chance to connect with others and be part of something positive. All of these things are proven to help reduce risk taking behaviour,” he says.
Volunteers will be in Christchurch’s Hagley Park on November 24th and in the Auckland Domain on December 8th collecting donations while crowd goers enjoy the festivities of Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.