Youthtown provides a free drop-in place close to the heart of Auckland city for everyone between the ages of seven and eighteen. There is also a suburban facility in Panmure.
The main site in Nelson Street is a long-established Auckland landmark with a 25 metre heated, indoor swimming pool, top quality basket ball gym, and purpose-designed Youth Lounge.
The main site in Nelson Street Ia a long-established Auckland landmark with a 25 metre heated, indoor swimming pool, top quality basket ball gym, and purpose-designed Youth Lounge.
In addition, Youthtown runs regular, highly successful After School and School Holiday programmes, featuring a huge range of sports, games, trips, arts and cultural activities. They also provide innovative Youth events for the 13 plus age group, as well as ski-camps and other outdoor expeditions and activities.
Their Urban Unity group is made up of young people between the ages of 14 - 18 who want to make a difference in their youth communities. They organise and run events and activities out of local Youthtown centres.
Organising and informing people about all these events and activities has been made a whole lot easier with the use of texting which is the communication method of choice for everyone.
Youthtown make use of Dialhog's Group Messaging function. They also used another service Dialhog offers - a "short code" - a 4 digit number which people can text to. This was used to request information packs for the Short Film Challenge.
"Thanks to Dialhog everyone knows what's going on. We're able to text entire groups of people at once and I like the replies coming back as emails"
Youth Programme Co-Ordinator,
Urban Unity Holiday Co-Ordinator