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.
Mentor workshop - Auckland 28 and 29 July - 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.
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