Let’s all play a part in helping young children and youth to thrive.

We offer school and community programmes, to help grow strong, resilient tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth) with the self-esteem to be leaders. We also teach our young people how to manage medical emergencies.

It's all about developing confident young people who care for each other and the health and wellbeing of their communities. Our vision is that by 2032, every young New Zealander will step into their future with the first aid and mental wellness skills to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

Together, we can make youth wellbeing a priority.

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In-school programmes

Our fun, interactive and engaging schools programme teaches tamariki how to be lifesavers in an emergency, how to avoid injury, and about becoming guardians of wellbeing in their community. 

Young students learning about CPR

First aid with St John in Schools

We visit schools across Aotearoa, training pre-school, primary and intermediate-aged children to be clever lifesavers through free, interactive sessions.

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Young student reading the feelings wheel

Whātuia te Waiora | Weaving Wellbeing

A full-term programme, including 10 one-hour sessions, empowering our year 7 and 8 tamariki to be resilient kids and helping them to make life-changing differences in their communities.

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Young students learning about CPR

Poipoia te Pitomata | Harnessing Potential

A fantastic five-day programme giving rangatahi
basic first aid skills to respond in an emergency,
and added confidence in themselves.

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In your community

Adventure awaits. Choose from first aid, leadership, and life-skill courses, designed for children and youth from kindergarten to intermediate school of all ages. 

St John Youth Programme

Youth leader and young youth member holding hands

Learn first aid, leadership, and life skills alongside your best mates! Our cadets meet once a week each term to learn together, connect, and most importantly, have fun. There are different programmes depending on your child's age.


Ngā Tohu Whakaora e Toru | 3 Steps for Life

Students learning CPR on mannequins

Our free, one-hour intro sessions are designed to give people of all ages the confidence and knowledge around basic CPR and AED training. Training can be held at schools, retirement villages, marae, sports clubs, and more. Book in a group now.


Could you be a Community Educator or volunteer?

Students learning CPR on mannequins

We're always on the lookout for passionate, like-minded people who are keen to teach our tamariki and rangatahi vital life skills and help our communities. Check out our recruitment site for job opportunities. You may also be interested in volunteering your time, which can be really rewarding.

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Weaving wellbeing for tamariki and rangatahi

We have a bold vision for the future of our young people, that they can expect to live longer with their whānau than we do now. Our youth programmes are a key part of our commitment to the wellbeing of future generations.

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