NZ Festival of Education - Auckland and Christchurch
In conjunction with the NZ Festival of Education, we warmly invite you to a special interactive chat room session being hosted by Dr Pat Bullen, lecturer in youth development at The University of Auckland and recipient of the 2014 Vodafone World of Difference Fellowship.
Pat’s topic for discussion is:
Growing Collaborative Learning Communities through Community-Tertiary Partnerships in Youth Mentoring
Drawing on a recent three-week visit to the United States, Pat will share what she has learned about community-tertiary partnerships, service learning, and youth mentoring. The purpose of this interactive workshop will be to present recent advances in this area in the United States and discuss how these might be implemented in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Auckland: Friday 21 March, Viaduct Event Centre, Chat Room2, Level 2, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Christchurch: Sunday 23 March, Wigram Airforce Museum, Morrison Room, 4.00pm – 5.00pm
These sessions are free, however you need to register as places are limited. To make this easy for you, just click on the relevant link below.
Auckland, Friday 21 March, Viaduct Event Centre, Chat Room 2, Level 2, 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Christchurch, Sunday 23 March, Wigram Airforce Museum, Morrison Room, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Registrations now open for our next MentorPlus course being held in Wellington, 12 and 13 May
To register, please complete the registration form.
Our 2014 public course schedule is:
|10 & 11 March
|12 & 13 May
|28 & 29 July
|20 & 21 October
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
Click on this link to view the full RFP document. RFP
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