Whangarei Youth Space (WYS) is a drop-in centre for all young people aged 12-24 in Whangarei. WYS provides a fun, social, safe space for young people to hang out, do homework, take part in programmes and activities, and make friends. Through this social and recreational space we engage with youth and building relationships, whilst at the same time making health, education, training and employment services available to them. All these services are free. WYS gives young people the space to develop the tools they need for life, work and a healthy future. Key to WYS’ success is an innovative youth:adult partnership, with youth participating at all levels within the organisation, helping to keep WYS relevant and delivering what is needed for youth in Whangarei.