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Distinguished visitor - Professor Zimmerman to present in Auckland and Wellington

Kia Ora everyone

We delighted to announce that University of Auckland distinguished visitor Professor Toni Zimmerman, from the University of Colorado will now be giving two presentations, one in Auckland and one in Wellington.

Professor Zimmerman will speak on 'Mentoring At Risk Youth:  a model to address problems in mentoring practice and literature'

The Professor has achieved international recognition for leading work that arranges for undergraduate students to be put in touch with at risk youth, to recognise issues such as different ethnicities and mental health symptoms and to offer constructive and tested pathways forward.  Her work in youth mentoring, using evidence based approaches addresses many gaps in the mentoring literature including community support, diversity training, and mental health concerns with at risk youth.  

These presentations are free however you will need to register to attend.  Registration details are listed for each event below.  

Auckland MentorPlus Workshop 16 and 17 March 2015 - places filling fast!  

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

"The workshop is really practical. It taught me how to talk with our mentees more effectively and ask the right questions."

"It gave me really useful activities that we can use with our mentees."

"I really enjoyed sharing korero with workmates and looking at the theory behind how we work with young people."

Our small group training workshops bring together youth workers, teachers, social workers, and community-based 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.

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

Date:  16 and 17 March
Location:  Rosepark Hotel, Gladstone Road, Parnell 
Time:  Day 1:  9.30am - 4.30pm | Day 2:  9.00am to 4.00pm 
Cost:  $380 plus GST

Read more about this programme.

Book now to avoid disappointment.

Registrations open for 2015 training workshops

We are pleased to confirm our 2015 public training schedule for our MentorPlus and Mentoring Matters training programmes. 

To register,  complete the registration form

Mentoring Matters

9 & 10 November Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Rd, Parnell

Mentor Plus

16 & 17 March Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Rd, Parnell
18 & 19 May Wellington, venue TBC
27 & 28 July Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Rd, Parnell
19 & 20 October Christchurch, venue TBC
23 & 24 November               Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Rd, Parnell

Why Kevin Spacey thinks we should "send the elevator back down"

An inspiring article by Jean Rhodes, Chronicle of Evidence-based Mentoring

If you have reached a comfortable level yourself, you have the moral obligation to “send the elevator back down.” This phrase, spoken by Spacey's mentor, has served as his constant reminder to provide young people with the same sorts of opportunities and role modeling that he had.

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| | 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.

Two recent articles from The Chronicle of Evidence based mentoring_opt (1)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 presentationPatBullen(2011)_opt

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

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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.

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