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We will be running two programs in 2020.

Option 1 - 12 sessions run over four months between February and June.

Option 2 - 11 sessions mostly run in a one-week condensed course in April Term holidays.


 Option 1 - February to June

Session 1 – 6h 

Sun 9th Feb, 9am - 3pm

Session 2 – 6h

Sun 16th Feb, 9am - 3pm

Session 3 – from 5pm

Camp Fri 28th Feb

Session 4 – all-day

Camp Sat 29th Feb

Session 5 – till 3 pm

Camp Sun 1st March

Session 6 – 6h

Sun 15th March, 9am - 3pm

Session 7 – 6h

Sun 22nd March, 9am - 3pm

Session 8 – 6h

Sun 29th March 9am - 3pm

Optional Gliding 2h

Sat 4th or Sun 5th April

Session 9 – 6h

Sun 24th May, 9am - 3pm

Session 10 – 6h

Sun 7th June 9am - 3pm

Session 11 – Graduation 2h

Sun 14th June




Option 2 - 1-week condensed course in April

Session 1 – 6h

Thur 16th April, 9am - 3pm

Session 2 – from 5pm

Camp Fri 17th April

Session 3 – all day 

Camp Sat 18th April

Session 4 – till 3pm

Camp Sun 19th April

Session 5 – 6h

Tue 21st April, 9am - 3pm

Session 6 – 6h

Wed 22nd April, 9am - 3pm

Session 7 – 6h

Thur 23rd April, 9am - 3pm

Session 8 – 6h

Fri 24th April, 9am - 3pm

Optional Gliding 2h

Sat 25th or Sun 26th April

Session 9 - 6h

Sun 31st May, 9am - 3pm

Session 10 – Graduation 2h

Sun 14th June






The Academy is full of fundamental life skills that are vital for success in and out of the school classroom.

When push comes to shove 'real-life' skills often take a back seat to academics. Summerhill Youth Academy has in its content, words of wisdom for today's young adults presented at a unique location with passion and variety.

It's a sure blueprint for building your life and leadership skills, for knowing how to get the life you want and to motivate yourself and others to reach their full potential.

It's the little things that make a big difference and as the saying goes "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today".

This Academy is well worth investing time in, the skills, experiences and reference gained will open up many doors for future employment and scholarships.

How to get there:
We are located 11km southwest of Tauranga, 3km climb up Reid Road off Welcome Bay Road. 



The subjects we cover are very practical – a lot is common sense, wisdom and quite a few leadership skills that a future employer will value and can put into practice.

By attending the academy you’ll learn things you don’t learn at school or at home.

Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Values
  • Leadership
  • Team-building
  • Public speaking
  • Business enterprise
  • Culture and environment
  • Team building weekend
  • Life coaching
  • Optional gliding (costs extra $90)
  • First aid
  • CV writing and interview skills
  • Inspirational movies & books
  • Fun outdoor experiences
  • Budgeting ...and more


Your commitment is the attendance of 90% of the sessions, eight hours unpaid community work and $20 entrepreneurial challenge.


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Hear From Our A1 Youth Academy Graduates

  • My son attended the 2016 programme at Summerhill and benefited greatly by the positive experience.

    He was reluctant to attend the course when recommended by his school but with encouragement signed up and completed the six month course. Being part of a group really helped with his confidence as his peers were inclusive and like minded individuals.

    The programme was varied and interesting and looked like much fun was being had. So thanks Summerhill for the opportunity. 

  • The course provided her with a huge range of exposure to different challenges including physical, team activities and community focussed fundraising. They had speakers from different sectors of the community including the Mayor, Alcohol and Drug awareness, Financial Planning and could choose a short course to train in.  

    Madison made some fantastic new friends and enjoyed the weekend camp.  The other great advantage for young people attending this course is the opportunity learn under other leaders in our community such as Garth Collings and the team of leaders.  They themselves have imparted solid wisdom and life experience for teenagers who attend this course.  We would highly recommend anyone from any walk of life attends this  Leadership course.

  • Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the Summerhill A1 Youth Academy. I enjoyed everything we have done and will out this Academy I would have likely never done activities such as gliding or navigation.

    I will definitely recommend this Acedemy to others.

    I have listened to some really inspirational speeches and meet some great people.

    Once again

  • I just want to thank you all so much for being responsible for one of the best experiences of my life. I have gained new friends, many new skills and memories that will stay with me forever.

    You have done an amazing job and I am so grateful for being given the opportunity to participlate in this Academy. I hope many more young people get the chance to be involved and have as much fun as I did.