Ko te hītawetawe ki uta, ko te kāroaroa ki tai

Ko tūkawikawi o Tūkaiākiko

Tū rangatahi, tū rangatira!

With the height of the mountains and the turbulent oceans (natural environment)

We will challenge our youth (physically and emotionally)

To grow and to stand for others!!!


How it all started

180 Degrees Trust is a charitable Trust established in 2007 and managed by a Board of Trustees who are passionate about improving outcomes for the disadvantaged youth of Canterbury.


Our Mission

To make a difference in the lives of young people who are struggling in education, constantly making poor decisions, exhibiting anti-social behaviour, dependent on alcohol or drugs, and lacking in motivation. By building meaningful relationships with these young people and using the high country to provide challenges, we initiate a "turn around" in their lives. 


How we achieve this

The two services we deliver both utilise the natural environment to challenge at risk youth. We operate an Alternative Education course in Sydenham which currently educates 19 students and provides individualized learning programmes. We also run three programmes under Ministry of Social Development funding for young people between 13 and 17 years old (as at 1 July 2019 it will be 13 to 18 years old) which provide weekly 1 on 1 mentoring and many adventures into the outdoors throughout the year. 

Find out more about our Alternative Education Course

Find out more about our Youth Services programmes →

Our Objectives

  • To facilitate personal development through education, training and employment opportunities for youths of appropriate age and disposition

  • Empower youth to make better decisions

  • To maximise positive change in our young peoples’ lives

  • Working with families of participants to break cycles of dysfunction

  • To empower youth to learn to take responsibility for their actions

  • To equip youth to obtain a greater sense of self-awareness, and self-confidence

  • To offer committed, professional services, which challenge males and females emotionally, academically, and physically

Two to five years after graduating, participants believed that they are still influenced in their daily lives by their time spent with the 180 Degrees Trust.
— Katie M. Thomas, Master of Educational Psychology