Invitation to free presentation: Distinguished Visitor - Professor Zimmerman
The University of Auckland | Faculty of Education and The New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network warmly invite you to a reception for Distinguished Visitor, Professor Toni Zimmernan from Colorado State University who will speak on 'Mentoring at Risk Youth: a model to address problems in mentoring practice and literature'.
Professor Zimmerman will describe her work with young people in the youth justice and social service systems and the Campus Corps youth mentoring programme she and her colleagues have developed and implemented. This highly successful evidence-based programme which enables undergraduate students to mentor at-risk youth has gained national and international attention, as it addresses many gaps in the mentoring literature including community support, diversity training, mental health concerns with at-risk youth.
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
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| email@example.com | 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
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