Upper Harbour Raise Up Crew

Upper Harbour Raise Up Crew

Welcome to the Upper Harbour Up Crew!

Want to get involved in your community? Raise Up is a group of up to 20 young people who are passionate about doing good in their community and creating awesome ways for young people to come together and have some fun. 

Thinking of joining the crew? Apply online   
When: Monday 4-6pm
Where: Albany Community Hub, Albany
575 Albany Highway, Albany 

Past Events: 
  • New Found Sound, North-West
  • Intergenerational Events 
  • Mental Health Workshops
  • Community Clean ups

Drop In, social sports day!  This is where all young people can utilise the spaces in our community to come together for basketball, multi-sport and table tennis come along.

Hobsonville Headquarters Building 214 Buckley Avenue, Hobsonville, Auckland 0618

Email : uh-raiseupcrew@ymcaauckland.org.nz

When: Tuesday 4-6pm 

Words from your Coordinator

My name is Laura, and I am the Upper Harbour Coordinator! I have moved to Aotearoa in September of this year and am currently living in North Shore. I’ve grown up in Toronto, Canada and made my way to this beautiful country with a vision to learn about the conservation and history of the land and how to best support the young people who live on it. I enjoy anything in nature and am passionate about conservation and sustainability initiatives.

I have a Degree in Applied Science in Psychology from the University of Guelph, a Research and Analysis Certification and a General Arts Diploma from Humber College. Previously, I’ve had the honour of working as a Coach for families with the Strongest Families Institute and as a Caseworker for Big Brothers Big Sisters. I believe one of the main ways to support our youth today is to first start at home and provide them with the resources and relationships that they need to thrive.

At Raise Up, we learn how to create and run events in the community, develop leadership skills and expand opportunities for youth who engage in the program. As a Raise Up Coordinator, my vision is to push youth to attain their goals and expand their networks by making sure they are in places that will benefit their development, whether that is mental or physical health related, spiritual, educational or career focused.

Raise Up is an awesome opportunity to gain life-long friendships, be active in the community while gaining experience for your CV! 

Upper Harbour Events

What have we been up to?


Empowering rangatahi nationwide

What started as a social programme where young people put out events and activities for their peers in 2002, has come a long way since then. In its 20th year Raise Up is now a youth development programme focused on the development and growth of young people supported by crews of rangatahi. This year the Raise Up team gears up for the national rollout of Raise Up across Aotearoa.


Five of the best ways to keep young people safe online

You might feel the easiest solution is to ban your young person from all leisure use of devices or place strict rules around usage; but the most likely outcome of these sorts of ‘helicopter parent’ strategies is to drive your young person underground – they’ll continue to use, they just won’t tell you about it. There are better, trust-focused strategies that are far more likely to keep your young person safe online – Here's our top five ways to help you out.


Lockdown vs Our Rangatahi

While Covid and lockdown bring a certain amount of stress to just about everyone, the complexities of lockdown life affect young people in a multitude of ways. Raise Up Youth Programme Coordinator Caitrin Mooney and Raise Up Crew Member Aira Li break down simple life hacks to help motivate young people coming out of the lockdown space.