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

MATES - My journey as a mentor

6 August 2015

MATES-StoryMy name is Sarah McLean and I am a mentor for the MATES Senior programme. Last year I had the opportunity to mentor Lavei Vaiola, a lovely young woman from Onehunga High School. (Pictured with her mum, Kelei Tafuna and me at the MATES graduation ceremony)

At the beginning of our mentee-mentor relationship, as you could expect it was a bit awkward, as we adjusted to our roles that we both had never held before. As internals, due dates, sports games and the school ball flashed by, and the anticipation of externals and university ensuing I noticed something different about Lavei. She was not only taking critiques well, she was actually searching for critiques, to ensure she was doing the best she could. She was honing her maturity, responsibility and drive to succeed in a way that myself and the other mentors were thoroughly impressed with.