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Mentor workshop - Christchurch 20 and 21 October - registrations now open

Our small group training workshops bring together diverse groups of youth workers, managers and mentors working with young people. This diversity of participants supports opportunities to learn about different cultures, values and perspectives, and effective skills for working with New Zealand's diverse young people.

To register,  please complete the registration form. 

Date:  20 and 21 October
Location:  Quality Hotel Elms, 456 Papanui Road
Cost:  $380 plus GST

This is an excellent workshop opportunity for people working with young people, who need to add a mentoring dimension to their role.

During the two day course attendees will learn key skills in:

  • communicating effectively with a young person
  • managing risk & behaviour when working with a young person
  • helping young people explore their identity and culture, and
  • assisting personal development

Read more about this programme.

Book now to avoid disappointment.


Invitation to register your programme with the Youth Mentoring Network

Do you offer mentoring services to young people in your community? Do you need to recruit more mentors? If your answer to either question is YES, we encourage you to register your programme with the Youth Mentoring Network.

We receive numerous enquiries from people wanting to volunteer to mentor a young person. We also receive many requests from parents and caregivers, social workers and school counsellors asking for help to find mentors for young people under their care.

To enable us to better respond to these requests for help, we want to establish a comprehensive and up-to-date database of organisations and practitioners offering mentoring services around the country. 

We are working closely with Dr Pat Bullen, University of Auckland Lecturer and recipient of the 2014 Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship. Pat's objective for her Fellowship is to enhance the quality and reach of youth mentoring in New Zealand. Specifically she has identified the need to establish a database of youth mentoring programmes in New Zealand.

Today our website lists 24 youth mentoring programmes operating in communities around New Zealand. This is an excellent platform to build upon, but we know, based on an initial analysis, there are many other organisations and practitioners that are offering mentoring to young people, often in conjunction with other youth focused services. 

We have developed a simple online form that will take you about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. It covers:  Organisation information; Mentor programme information; Mentee (young person) criteria; Mentor criteria and Programme statistics (note: programme statistics are being captured for statistical purposes and will not be displayed on the website). Once you complete the form, it will be submitted to the Network for review and approval prior to being posted to our website. 

Throughout the form there are helpful hints and explanations. If you have any questions please contact Nicki McDonald, E| nicki@youthmentoring.org.nz | Mob: 027 520 2981| Office: 09 521 8240.

Thank you for taking the time to register your programme. We hope the outcomes of this initiative will:

  • Increase access to and awareness of mentor-rich programmes that are available throughout New Zealand, and
  • Serve to support networking and collaboration between programme providers in various communities.  

Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora te manuhiri.
Your food basket, and my food basket, will nurture the people.


Pat Bullen's latest blog, Vodafone World of Difference 2014 Fellowship recipient

Working Together to Promote Youth Well-being

Since her last blog Pat has spent several weeks in the US, Israel and Mexico. She is now beginning the task of taking what she has learned overseas and looking at how this can be adapted to meet our needs in Aotearoa.
In this blog Pat shares her thinking on the concept of knowledge mobilisation and youth participation – more specifically how knowledge mobilisation can be used to promote youth well-being, and how youth can participate in this process. Read Pat's blog to find out more on this topic.  http://foundation.vodafone.co.nz/25/06/2014/working-together-to-promote-youth-well-being/

As part of her Fellowship Pat is interested in establishing a facility that encourages knowledge mobilisation at the University of Auckland, with a focus on promoting youth well-being and she would love to hear from others about any initiatives that address community needs through youth participation.


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  • Strategies that formal mentoring programs can use to facilitate natural mentoring relationships.  article
  • How to use the power of mentoring to support students academically article

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The NZ Youth Mentoring Network were delighted to be able to host chat room sessions at the recent Festivals of Education Held in Auckland and Christchurch at end of March. 

Pat Bullen, lecturer in youth development at The University of Auckland and recipient of the 2014 Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship presented these sessions.  Drawing on a recent three-week visit to the United States, Pat talked about how we need to do more to ensure that the knowledge, skills and resources we possess within our tertiary institutions are used to better support the needs of our local communities – and in particular the programmes within our communities that serve our rangatahi. Click on this link ot view Pat's presentation.  FestivalofEducation

 


Mentors make a difference

Volunteers make a difference to communities throughout New Zealand, one young person at a time, finds Dionne Christian (NZ Herald, Saturday 15 March 2014)

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On any given weekends, all across New Zealand, there are people who are volunteering their time to guide and advise young people. These volunteer mentors belong to a raft of programmes (some home-grown; some international) which aim to make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

Programmes may involve one-to-one mentoring or be in a group or community.

Fatima Leung-Wai from Roots Collective talks with Cris Smith from West Lynn. Photo / Dean Purcell

read more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11220583


Mentoring initiative success

NZ Herald:  Wednesday 19 March 2014

By Vaimoana Tapaleao

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Tyler McCarthy (centre at back), with Quinton, 9, (centre left) Mercedez, 7, mum Lemalu and dad Sa. Photo / Sarah Ivey

Tyler McCarthy knows that in order to get to where he wants to be one day, he has to work hard now.

So when a mentoring programme started up at his church last year, he knew he had to get involved.

The 16-year-old, a year 12 student at Kelston Boys High, enrolled at the Pasifika Power Up station at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, in Te Atatu.

Read more:  http://m.nzherald.co.nz/editors-picks/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503539&objectid=11222018