Youth Search & Rescue (YSAR) enables students to become active volunteers in emergency response organisations. Our independent, non-profit training organisation inspires future leaders with a focus on practical skills, technology, innovation and community
Youth Search and Rescue trains youth with the necessary skills to enable safe practice and emergency response.
Keep up to date with all key YSAR activities and events by registering for our calendar updates.
To apply to become a member of YSAR, you must be aged between 14 and 16 years, find out more here.
YSAR is supported by a range of partners. Our Strategic partners are essential, find out more here.
YSAR operates thanks to the assistance from our supporters, we have several ways to donate. Donations are tax deductible.
Discover innovative and exciting opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) students are training in an American (USA) national park where firefighters have battled deadly wildfires.
Under a new partnership, Wireless Nation will provide YSAR with satellite internet for communications, data sharing, and navigation across New Zealand.
YSAR online applications are now open for the 2019 intake. We have 22 positions available for College students from Tauranga and Auckland in year 11 and are wanting a diverse group of young people. Limited places available so register your interest early.
“One of the guys in their Marin County Search and Rescue organisation, just outside San Francisco, found us on Facebook. They liked what they saw and wound up asking if we’d be willing to do an exchange. We can’t quite believe it’s happening.”
S.T.E.M is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education. At YSAR, we focus on these areas because they are deeply entwined in the real world and in how students learn and succeed. We believe STEM skills are essential for the future of search and rescue and emergency management and that our young people will help implement and integrate these new innovations.
Being involved in YSAR has opened so many doors for me. It helped me develop the confidence, discipline, strength and character that enables me to reach my goals. YSAR only built and strengthened my love for the outdoors and through the training and knowledge I have received through the programme, I am able to give it the respect it deserves. I have been pushed to my limits mentally physically and emotionally and have had the time of my life. I’ve achieve things I never imagined I could accomplish and the people you do it with are friends for a lifetime, I cannot recommend it enough.Laura Geraerts
When I first started YSAR I was a very shy teenager with almost zero self confidence and only a small group of friends. The thought of going to my first meeting as a year 1 student made me so anxious and scared that I almost didn’t go!
Fast track to now, I am a completely different person. YSAR not only taught me specialised skills that set me apart from my peers, it also gave me confidence and allowed me to break out of my shell. I formed life long friendships with people of different ages and backgrounds and allow me to learn core qualities such as effective teamwork and leadership. I completed the 3 year course in 2014 but it still influences my life positively through employment and opportunities because of the qualifications I have completed and the skills I have learnt. I cannot thank Steve and the team who supported me through my experience enough!! The personal growth I have made because of YSAR has been exponential!
YSAR has been such a great find for our two teenage boys, one of whom is currently involved. It’s personal development and practical/life skills, interaction with wonderful role models and friendships with ‘their tribe’ – other kids who like to get outside and do stuff! This organisation has had, and continues to have, a profoundly positive impact on their lives, largely because of the wonderful people who are involved. We are enormously appreciative of the volunteers who support and push and impart knowledge and give our sons the confidence to tackle all sorts of challenges. Thank you.Sue Hoffart
We are grateful for all of the support we have been given: