About Bays Youth
The Bays Youth Community Trust values young people, and exists to provide programmes, mentoring and services to provide positive early intervention and support to 11-18 year old youth and their families.
The organisation believes that empowering young people releases them into their potential and enriches our communities. Healthy young people and healthy families, lead to healthy communities.
The objective of the Bays Youth will be to provide life skills for young people irrespective of ethnicity, socioeconomic circumstances or religious persuasion, with vision to enable them to see a bright future and enhance their success in life. Staff and trustees have shared faith and values that drives and motivates a pursuit of social justice through supporting our society’s most vulnerable.
Meet the team
- Nathan Gilchrist
Nathan grew up on the North Shore of Auckland. He enjoys helping people and seeing them thrive in the community. Nathan has done many different working roles but the ones connecting with people have been the best. He gets really excited when the youth find better life opportunities for themselves. Outside work I enjoy walking with his wife, boxing, reading and leading in our local church and going to a cafe for a well-earned coffee.
- General Manager
- BA Theology and Dip Pastoral Leadership
- Olivia Huszak
- Mentoring & Counselling Coordinator
- Priscilla McIvor
Priscilla proudly comes from the Waikato, and has overcome the culture shock shock to now say she loves the North Shore, as well as having multiple swimming spots to choose from. Cilla has a degree in Social Work and loves working with a diverse group of youth. At Bays Youth, Cilla manages Team NEET. She is passionate about equal opportunities for youth and empowering them to make informed decisions that will open up pathways for their future. When not engaging in NERF gun wars with her workmates, she loves playing sport and experiencing other cultures through travelling.
- NEET Manager
- Dip Ministry and BSW
- John Tiy
John did his social work placement with us at Bays Youth and now has joined us fulltime from a background in project work both domestically and overseas. John has a passion to see youth succeed and to work alongside them to achieve this. He is a keen social sportsman who specialises in touch rugby and getting injured. John has 2 young boys and an eccentric German shepherd Sachkies.
- Head of Bays Youth Alternative Education
- BSW in progress
- Andres Rohr
Andres originally hails from Zurich, Switzerland but has lived his 25 years here on the North Shore of Auckland City, and he has been with Bays Youth Community Trust for close to 3 years now. Andres loves the opportunity to help shape young people's lives and guide their walk through what can often be unfortunate and difficult situations. He works primarily as a Youth Mentor and engages one-on-one with young adults in different activities and learning experiences. He is passionate about his sport, and you'll often find him at the local basketball courts, soccer fields, or in the gym.
- Youth Mentor/Tutor Alternative Education
- Koreana Wilson
- PMNZAC, BCouns, BFA
- Thomas Liverett
Thomas comes to us from the great faraway land of Texas, but he has lived in New Zealand for 7 years. After working within both the youth sector and the hospitality industry for a few years, he started work with us a tutor in the Alternative Education School. He loves getting to hang out with our incredible students and see them grow day by day into responsible young adults. When he is not here at Bays, Thomas is volunteering with his local church or going on adventures with his beautiful wife, Elizabeth.
- Tutor of Bays Youth Alternative Education
- BScience in progress
- Robbie McLeay
Robbie was originally born in South America and moved to New Zealand with his adopted family when he was four. Since then he has lived all over the North Island, developing a wide range of passions and skills in music, cooking, arts, outdoor activities and working with people. Being genuine, compassionate and encouraging are core aspects of his character and have formed the solid foundation for the way he help others to heal, learn and grow.
- M.Couns (Hon.), MNZAC, PGdip.Coun, B.Ed (Tch Prim.), Fully Registered Teacher, Cert. ACU.
- Rebekah Lilly
Rebekah is a part time tutor in the Alternative Education school and mentors some of the young people here. As well as tutoring and mentoring, she does some of the marketing for Bays Youth due to her previous experience in this area. Rebekah also works part time as the Youth Pastor for her church and has been working with local youth for the past few years. She graduated from Massey University at the beginning of 2016 and prior to working at Bays Youth she worked for a business consulting firm. She loves to sing in her spare time and is often referred to as the karaoke queen around the office.
- Bradley Og
Brad has recently joined our Bays Youth team working in Alternative Education. Brad moved up to Auckland in early 2016 to begin his Bachelor of Education Degree at AUT University. Growing up in Whangamata, a small town in the Coromandel, Brad has always been involved in various sports including surfing of course. Brad is passionate about youth, and has had experience both in New Zealand and overseas working with students. In his spare time Brad works with young people as a youth leader at his church, and you can often find him on the sports field on the weekends.
- Dan Jackson
Dan has spent most of his life on the North Shore, with a quick South Island stint when he was younger. He’s in his mid twenties. He’s inquisitive, a little nerdy and loves chucking round a ball or going for a bush/beach walk. He has worked as a handy-man for a while alongside some church work and study. He’s currently studying counselling and has been working with youth since ages ago. He loves finding out what youth are passionate about and helping them to pursue that.
- Youth Worker
- BA Counselling in progress
- Josh Iopu
Chief Mase Josh Iopu Mase is an intergral part of our Bays Youth NEET team and loves helping youth be the best versions of themselves that they can be. He has worked with young people for a number of years and believes anyone with a dream can work to make it come true. A proud Samoan, Josh grew up in Melbourne and Auckland and has a big passion for music; his specialist instrument being the guitar.
- NEET Worker
- Bruce Troughton
Bruce has been on the BYCT Board of Trustees since 2014, becoming chair in 2016. Bruce specialises in organisation change and digitisation. Over the last fifteen years he has applied these skills supporting change in central and local government here in New Zealand. Bruce became interested in Bays Youth after seeing the positive impact that a small organisation has on the youth in the community Bays Youth deals with. Bruce has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. He is married with three children.
- Bachelor Commerce and Administration, Dip. Business
- Christine Prince
Christine has been a member of the Bays Youth Board of Trustees since 2015. Christine is a practising social worker who currently works in primary health care. Christine is passionate about supporting young people to make positive life choices that enhance self-esteem and resilience, and that ultimately helps contribute to healthy communities. Christine has a Master of Applied Social Work, Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and an Advanced Diploma of Counselling. She is married with two children.
- Trustee Member
- Don Blayney
Don has been involved as a Trustee since 2010 in 2016 Don was appointed Treasurer. Most of Don’s working life was with NZ Police including oversight of Community Relations, Youth Aid and Youth Education. In 1998 Don established a security company servicing most of the major New Zealand universities. Since 2010, Don has specialised as a financial adviser helping business owners grow their business and personal wealth. Don has a Diploma of Business Studies and NZ Policing. He is married with three adult children.
- Trustee Member
- Dip Business Studies, Dip of NZ Policing, Cert Security
- Leanne Kimpton
Leanne has been involved as a Trustee since 2016. Leanne works in a primary school as SENCO (special educational and behavioural needs co-ordinator). Previously she has lived and taught in Samoa and has also worked in an Alternative Education school. Leanne has a BA (Psych, Ed) and a diploma in teaching. Leanne became interested in the work of Bays Youth after hearing of their success in supporting youth that schools were struggling to cope with. She saw how the services offered by Bays Youth we able to support the whole person – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Leanne is married and a mother of 4 boys. She spends most of her weekends supporting their various sporting interests.
- Trustee Member
- Daryl Anderson
Daryl has been involved as a Trustee since 2010 after hearing the positive impact Bays Youth was having with students in the local area. Daryl is a Primary School Teacher and prior to this spent 10 years working both in Operations Management roles both in NZ and the UK. Daryl has a Bachelor of Business and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching. He is married with two young children.
- Trustee Member
- Michael Bravenboer
Michael is married with two adult children and lives in Murrays Bay. He is currently Managing Director of a property investment company, Bravenboer Properties Ltd. He has been director of Open Home Foundation International ("OHFI") a Charity / NGO helping vulnerable, neglected and abused children to feel safe and loved, which works in India, East Africa and Romania. Michael has also been the CEO of Palmers Franchise Systems (a garden centre chain with 20 stores), and has experience in Taxation Law, Commercial Property Investment, Horticulture and re-cladding houses.
- Trustee Member
Governance and staff jointly value:
- Human life and potential
- Community well-being, belonging and involvement
- Respect for society and the law
- The transforming power of positive mentoring relationships
- Recognition of cultural and religious diversity
- Personal character and responsibility
- Positively reinforce quality family/whanau relationship