Youth Search and Rescue, is an independent non-profit Charitable Trust and Incorporated Society in which, youth between the ages of 14 – 18 receive training over a period of three years.

The programme was initially started to address the aging population of the community volunteers aligned to the search and rescue and civil defence emergency management sectors. In 2009/2010 New Zealand SAR secretariat released research suggesting that 67% of all search and rescue volunteers were male and over the age of 40. It was clear that the emergency response sectors were entering a period where there was an increase in the number of volunteers unsuitable for field deployment and that this would continue to a point of crisis from 2020 and beyond unless this was addressed at a strategic level.

Since its inception YSAR has gained significant interest and community support providing search and rescue and civil defence emergency management training to youth. Since 2009 YSAR youth have identified career pathways linked with Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). We are confident that through a specific focus on identifying and supporting STEM pathways for students, significant outcomes can be achieved both personally and in the SAR and CDEM sectors.

YSAR has been operating for 11 years.  Our core objective is to train young people to become active community volunteers in the search and rescue and civil defence emergency management sector.  The programme is delivered in the Bay of Plenty and Auckland in will be offered in other regions of New Zealand in 2020.

Our Mission, Vision and Values statements were reviewed in 2017 and incorporate high inspirational reflections of who we are and where we are heading as an organisation. 



Our youth contribute to the survival of human kind and our planet  


 Organisation: As a world class education provider, we equip students, with experience, knowledge and technology to become active members, of search and rescue and civil defence emergency management organisations.  

Sector: As an organisation we understand the present and future needs of search and rescue and civil defence emergency management globally.  

Footprint: We achieve sustainable growth without geographical boundaries.  

People: YSAR is a great place to be, where people are inspired to be the best they can be. 

Environment: YSAR is a responsible global citizen that makes a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. 

Partners: We nurture winning networks of partnerships while building mutual loyalty. 


We are a world leading youth education provider.  Our Search and Rescue and Emergency Management programme is delivered with a focus on innovation and technology.