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.
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| firstname.lastname@example.org | 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
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.
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.
Two recent articles from The Chronicle of Evidence Based Mentoring
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
NZ Festival of Education - Pat Bullen's presentation
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)
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