The Youth Mentoring Network

Building connections for youth mentoring in Aotearoa New Zealand

Welcome to the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network website.  The Network is the national hub for the youth mentoring sector in New Zealand.  We work with organisations and practitioners to promote effective youth mentoring.  We provide advice, support, access to best practice resources and training in Mentoring. 

Mentoring can have a powerful and positive influence on the lives of young people as they grow and transition into adulthood.  If mentoring is an area that interests you - either as a recipient, mentor, programme provider, funder or thinker we need to hear from you

Mentoring Stories

Wade Meads Luke Donnelly

Mentor ready to play role of 'big brother'

NZ Herald, April 2015

They've only just been matched but Lisa Beamsley reckons Wade Meads is the perfect big brother to her son.

Mr Meads is one of three mentors to have been matched in the Rotorua Big Brother Big Sisters programme. He and Ms Beamsley's son Luke Donnelly, 10, met for the first time last week and they have already made plans to go mountain biking.

Luke's father was Mike Donnelly, Lisa's partner of more than 30 years. He died from a brain haemorrhage when Luke was 7.