OneChance Youth Project

The Ministry of Youth Development award winning OCYP is an intensive multi-level leadership, team building and event planning programme designed to give youth a real-world hands-on experience.

Now in its sixth year, students’ are interviewed to participate in each OCYP where they meet weekly to organise youth development and community events which are 100% youth-led.

Previous OCYP students have organised and managed events such as; the OneChance Youth Seminar, the OneChance Youth Concert, the OneChance ANZAC Kite Festival and the OneChance Music Festival.

In 2017, students launched the inaugural OneChance Youth Awards which comprised of 125 nominations for the 12 categories, 36 finalists, and 12 winners with over $12,000 in cash and prizes.

This involved more than 40 volunteers and 40 businesses, local trusts and organisations.


OneTeam Uniform Services

OTUS provides students a taste-tester to military training such as drill, military fitness tests, Search and Rescue including water rescues, self-defence, adventure Based Learning activities with High Ropes, Waka Ama, visits to Military bases/camps, team building, communication and leadership activities.

Students are expected to work to the best of their ability, turn up on time and do as they are instructed. This is a reflection of Armed Forces culture and training.

OTUS values are;

1. Integrity first

2. Service and team above self

3. Excellence in all we do


YouthTube is designed to provide students with exposure to the media, stage management, camera and sound operation, reporting and interviewing skills. Students edit and post their local and relevant news bulletin to the online platform of YouTube.

Students will be involved in the creation of a real-life community bulletin highlighting community projects delivered on a social media platform which allows the students to keep record of their progress.

Promoting their new-found skills students learn entry level skills in communications, story creation, story boarding, interview and reporting, directing, location management, lighting, editing, sound engineering, media upload and marketing.

What is next?

For every unemployed adult in Rotorua, there are five youth unemployed, not in education or training. This is why we do what we do and why we are developing three social enterprise schemes in the pipeline – watch this space.


For the inaugural OCYP, the 2013 students organised the ‘OneChance Youth Seminar.’ A full-day motivational seminar with the objective to inspire and motivate the youth to achieve their goals and dreams.

The students did an amazing job; they booked six international motivational speakers, interactive workshops, entertainment and loads of prizes. They were supported with educational stalls from the Armed Services, Rotary, Fire Service, Police and loads of tertiary education providers.


Due to the success of the ‘OneChance Youth Seminar’ in 2013, the 2014 students organised the ‘OneChance Youth Concert.’

The objective of the concert was to inspire and motivate youth to achieve their goals and dreams through a concert of music, art, dance, poetry and cultural performance.

There were also motivational guest speakers, interactive dance, art, DJ’ing and performance workshops, entertainment and loads of prizes.


The 2015 OCYP team organised the ‘OneChance ANZAC Kite Festival’, held at Ngongotaha Domain on ANZAC Day, April 25, commemorating 100 years since WW1.

With more than 2000 people attending it was a true spectacle to behold with many massive kites, food stalls, games, kite making workshops and 5 hours of live music.

The students were then nominated for and won the Ministry of Youth Development ANZAC Youth Award presented to them at Parliament buldings in Wellington. A true honour for this amazing team.


The 2016 OCYP team organised the ‘OneChance Music Festival’ to celebrate Youth Week and New Zealand Music Month.

With 3 stages and 24 acts including bands, solos, dance, DJ’s, martial arts demos and buskers it was an awesome celebration of youth performance, music and food. Despite rain, fire alarms and vehicles getting stuck in mud, the OCYP team did themselves proud.


Twelve Year 12 and 13 students from the five Rotorua High Schools will go through an interview selection process to participate in the 2017 OCYP.

These students will organise the inaugural ‘OneChance Youth Awards’ and then manage all aspects of the event. Students will gain NCEA Level 3 13 credits and a certificate in a Youth Development Project.

The 2017 theme was ‘Glitz and Glam’.


The 2018 OCYP team organised the 2nd annual ‘OneChance Youth Awards’ to celebrate and honour Rotorua youth during Youth Week.

Students will gain NCEA Level 3 18 credits and a certificate in a Youth Development Project.

The 2018 theme was ‘All White’.