Our current programmes and services

Girls Programme

Friday Afternoon

Youth Hangs


Friday Hangs are in our Kickstart Youth Space.  Its open on Fridays after school from 3pm till 5.30pm, and is where we base a number of our programmes during the week.

We have a basketball court, PS3, Fooseball, table tennis, pool table, free wifi, recording studio, barista training and heaps more in our youth centre.

Our offices are also based from here and the venue is on Ward Street, just behind the netball courts next to Heretaunga College.  Check out the map on our contact us page.


Belle is a programme designed for young women in years 9 - 11 at college.  It is delivered in a few different formats including 6 - 10 weeks of weekly sessions, or over a 2 day conference style event.

The programme takes a holistic look at young womens wellbeing, and covers topics such as relationships, physical exercise and nutrition, courage and self worth.


This programme has been running for 4 years now, and is a highlight of their year for a number of the girls who have completed it.

Shift is a programme delivered by Kickstart in Upper Hutt in partnership with the Shift Foundation.

Shift is about giving opportunities for young women to be active and develop leadership in their community.

There are a few different arms to Shift in Upper Hutt.  Just Shift it Events, Shift junior and senior leaders, and a new intemediates Shift pilot programme.

You can check out what Shift is up to on our facebook page and for more info on who is behind Shift check out the website.


As an organisation we place a huge focus on building relationships with young people.

One of our youthworkers works 10 hours a week in Heretaunga College mentoring young women, and most of our youthworkers are working one on one with some young people.

If you need some extra help, or would like a mentor get in touch with one of our friendly youthworkers and we can see what we can arrange.



Kickstart involves two things we are passionate about - young people and coffee! We now have a coffee cart and run the Upper Hutt Train Station Coffee Kiosk which is providing much welcomed work experience to young people as well as income to help support our organisation.

We have a coffee machine at our youth centre which provides Barista training for young people with NCEA credits (in association with Capital Training).  

Look for our Coffee Cart at events around the Hutt Valley and when you grab a coffee from kickstart you are helping kickstart a young persons career.

To enquire about booking our coffee cart for your event please get in touch with us on



Spearhead leadership is a collaborative initiative between Upper Hutt City Council and Kickstart, funded by the Ministry of Youth Development and Upper Hutt City Council. 

It's an exciting leadership development opportunity, free for young people aged between 15 and 18, and includes an outdoor pursuits weekend (white water rafting, high ropes course, etc.), some great leadership training, new friends, and facilitation of projects to benefit young people in Upper Hutt.

Applications opening soon for 2020's intake of Spearhead leaders.

Dream Kings is an initiative working with young men from our local colleges.


The programme is for 8-10 weeks and includes elements of developing physical exercise, learning to cook, car maintenance, understanding and dealing with anger positively and having fun.


Manawaroa is a life skills and self efficacy programme that we deliver to Intermediate schools in Upper Hutt.

We are currently involved with St Josephs school and Fergusson Intermediate delivering 8 x 1 hr workshops with each class of students.

Each session is delivered by a team of four youthworkers and includes small groups.