The Youth Mentoring Network

About Us

Our signature initiatives

Guide to Effective Practice in Youth Mentoring NZ

This guide seeks to offer information and assistance to all who are interested or involved in Youth Mentoring - from the spontaneous, individual work of adults who have reached out to young people in their communities, to those engaged in professional work with young people, who are aware that a mentoring dimension is present in their role and wish to improve their understanding of the key elements of theory and effective practice.

 Download the Guide as a PDF


NZYMN website

This website includes access to the latest research and best practice resources; information for people interested in becoming a mentor; information for programme providers; and a comprehensive database of youth mentoring programmes offered throughout New Zealand.  


Professional development opportunities

NZYMN runs training workshops for those wanting to develop skills in mentoring young people:

  • MentorPlus - 2 day workshop that focuses on the skills required to be an effective mentor to young people, and 
  • Mentoring Matters - 2 day workshop focused on assisting organisations to implement an effective Youth Mentoring programme or align their current mentoring offering with international best practice.
  • National Certificate in Youth Work Level 3 – in partnership with Careerforce, NZYMN offer those who work with young people the opportunity to gain credits towards their National Certificate in Youth Work. 

Biennial National Conference

The biennial national conference, established in 2007, is the signature event for the Youth Mentoring sector in NZ.  It brings together programme providers, practitioners; youth workers, academic researchers, policy makers,  and government representatives.  The conference provides a forum to explore and advance mentoring’s positive impact on individuals and communities by elevating innovative programme models; sharing best practices and emerging research.