Dr. Pat Bullen - Vodafone World of Difference 2014 Fellowship recipient
University of Auckland academic Dr Pat Bullen (5th from the left) has been awarded the 2014 Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship to further develop her expertise in youth mentoring.
The Hon. Nikki Kaye, Minister for Youth Development presented the award to Pat at a special ceremony held at the Ōrākei Marae in Auckland last Wednesday 27 November.
During the past two years Pat has coordinated a Stage 2 university course that teaches youth mentoring theory and research. In partnership with the Great Potentials Foundation who administer the MATES Jr programme, the course includes a ‘service learning’ component where tertiary students complete a 50 hour internship mentoring a Year 8 student from a decile 1 school who has been identified as needing additional support in negotiating the transition to secondary school.
Pat is passionate about the power of mentoring in young people’s lives.
“The objective of my Fellowship is to enhance the quality and reach of youth mentoring, by expanding programmes with tertiary service learning courses, improving networking and communication within the sector and developing evidence-based practice,” explains Pat.
The Youth Mentoring Network is looking forward to working closely with Pat over the course of her Fellowship.
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Two initiatives relating to mentoring are currently in the pipeline. The Ministry of Education has published an RFP for the provision of mentoring services for Māori and Pasifika students, and The Ministry of Health has published an RFI to explore ideas for linking mentoring with the multi-disciplinary Children’s Teams that are being established.
Ministry of Education - RFP
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The Ministry of Education is seeking proposals from credible organisations or community groups for the delivery of mentoring services for Māori students and Pasifika students. The focus of these services will be community-based mentoring that is culturally responsive and targeted to individual student need. The mentoring approach utilised will assist young people to remain present and engaged in their schooling, with the readiness required to successfully approach their NCEA level study.
Disproportionate numbers of Māori and Pasifika students are not always receiving education provision that is culturally responsive, and are therefore not engaged enough in school to achieve the relevant NCEA qualifications/skills they require. This is also impacting on both their own, and their whānau/parents/families and communities, ability to engage in good decision-making about their education and transition planning. Through targeting these students with mentoring support, we can impact positively on their presence and engagement in school, thereby leading to improved academic achievement. The long-term benefit will be improved social and economic outcomes for these young people.
Ka Hikitia, the Pasifika Education Plan, Tau Mai te Reo, and the current Better Public Service targets around NCEA Level 2 achievement are key guiding documents that are driving our delivery of mentoring services for Māori students and Pasifika students.
Ministry of Health - RFI
Click on this link to view the full RFP document: RFI
The Children’s Action Plan sets out a framework for the actions which the Government is taking to protect New Zealand’s children and keep them safe from abuse and neglect. The Children’s Action Plan recognises that looking after children is everyone’s responsibility, and that communities and NGOs have a critical role to play.
The Children’s Action Plan emphasises the importance of mentoring in helping vulnerable children and young people. The Government wants to promote the mentoring of vulnerable children through existing mentoring programmes, and to ensure that providers of mentoring initiatives are operating according to safe practices, systems and protocols.
The Children’s Action Plan also includes a commitment to establishing local multi-disciplinary Children’s Teams to bring agencies and the community together to provide better coordination of services and outcomes for vulnerable children. The Children’s Teams operate locally, formulating specific plans for each child taking account of his or her specific circumstances and needs. Two Children’s Team Demonstration Sites are operating already, in Rotorua and Whangarei. The lessons learned in these sites will inform the establishment of further teams. The Government wants to link mentoring with Children’s Teams.
The Ministry of Health is leading the community responsibility aspects of the Children’s Action Plan. Our focus includes a public awareness campaign and an initiative to develop scholarships or grants for vulnerable children, as well as the promotion of youth mentoring.
This RFI seeks ideas about effective ways to promote child and youth mentoring in either of the Children’s Team regions, and to improve the availability of mentoring services to vulnerable children and young people in those communities. We are also interested in how providers might work with the Children’s Teams to leverage grants or scholarships to support individual life outcomes through wrap-around youth mentoring approaches.
We are seeking to work with providers of youth mentoring which are demonstrably operating according to best practices (as outlined in the publication Safe Practice Guidelines for Youth Mentoring Programmes).
RFI Close Date: midday on Wednesday 22 January 2014