The Youth Mentoring Network

About Us


The New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network is a "charitable trust" that works alongside those that work with young people.  We aim to provide advice, support, access to best practice resources and training in Mentoring. 

We are governed by a voluntary board of professional individuals with extensive experience in working with young people. Our General Manager works with a team of dedicated contractors to deliver on our organisational objectives.   For more information on our people, click here.

The New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network aims to 1142support and promote effective youth mentoring by:

  • Enhancing networking and coordination
  • Creating a positive public profile for youth mentoring in general
  • Encouraging community engagement in quality mentoring programmes
  • Providing resources and training opportunities

All young people deserve support to realise their potential. Our task is to make this happen.

The New Zealand Youth Mentoring sector consists of three distinct groups who have similar objectives (to improve the lives of young New Zealanders) however have different needs.  The three distinct groups are:

  • Formal Programme Providers: - the primary role of these organisations, is mentoring young people.
  • Informal Providers: - offer a mentoring service as a consequence of other work they are undertaking with young people.
  • Individuals: - offer informal mentoring support to young people, outside established youth programmes.

Address to the Inaugual Youth Mentoring Conference

Hon Steve Maharey

23 August, 2000

Thank-you for inviting me to speak at this, the Inaugural Youth Mentoring Conference. It is a pleasure to join you today.

Many of you have dedicated your time and energy to setting up and organising valuable services to help New Zealand's children and young people fulfil their potential. For this I applaud you.

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