The Youth Mentoring Network



Youth Mentoring - July 2020 update

20 Jul 20

INVOLVE 2020 Digital - 17th and 18th August 2020

Come and take part in the INVOLVE 2020 conference. A hui for all involved in the youth development sector. There are presentations specific to mentoring alongside a packed programme for the youth health and development sector.

This year the conference is going digital!

Date: 17-18 August - online via Zoom.

Thanks to generous support from Te Hiringa Hauora/HPA and the Ministry of Youth Development, INVOLVE 2020 is able to run as a free live event! If you can’t join us on the day, or you want to be able to watch again, you can purchase a Later Access pass for just $10 (+gst and booking fee) and gain access to all the content of the event.

Register online now

Involve programme

Across the two days of INVOLVE, we will hear from four amazing Keynotes, and have four Breakout sessions, where each time you can choose from five different workshops and presentations to attend.Read about our great key note speakers

MentorPlus workshop: additional workshop scheduled - 11th & 12th August 2020

We are pleased to announce we have scheduled an additional MentorPlus (mentoring skills ) workshop to replace the May one we had to concel due to the Covid 19 lockdown. 


This Workshop is for all practitioners, co- coordinators, workers and volunteers that work with young people. Whether you’re keen to learn about mentoring for the first time or to brush up and learn some new skills, we’re confident you will benefit from this workshop.

Date:  11th & 12th August 2020   

Location: Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Road, Parnell

Register online now: Register online now

To find out more about this workshop click on the following link.  Read More

Quality Relationships in Youth Mentoring workshops - Its a wrap!

In the early weeks of the Level 4 Covid-19 rahui NZYMN concluded the Sharing the Kaupapa Series 2 (Quality Relationships in Youth Mentoring) workshops with an on-line mini version for a group of southern South Island mentors. It was a great way to end our very successful 19 workshop series that supported 495 mentors from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

Throughout the workshops it was obvious that the mentors were willing to learn and were looking for new skills, ideas and knowledge to help them build quality relationships with young people. They expected very practical applications and also took the opportunity to network with other mentors in their area and several hoped that working clusters would be formed.

The word cloud above expresses the participants hopes and expectations for the day.

We were very pleased to receive highly positive feedback from participants. They really liked working with our facilitators, thought the material was relevant to their work and 92% gave us the highest ratings for the workshop overall.

We are grateful for the support of The Tindall Foundation that has enabled us to reach into the rural and regional centres of the country to bring mentors and mentoring organisations together to grow and develop. We give special thanks to Rod Baxter and Ross McCook as skilled facilitators who shared their knowledge, skills and experiences as mentors and helped our participants to have fun.

I want to thank Rod Baxter and the many contributors who created a fabulous resource which is now available free of charge through the NZYMN website. workbook link

Thanks also to Nicki McDonald whose organisational skills has kept the project running smoothly; and thanks to the fabulous mentors we met along the way who are working so hard for the benefit of the youth of Aotearoa.

Mentoring FAN and Attunement online training opportunity

Many of you will remember Dr Julia Pryce from INVOLVE 2018. Her popular workshop on Attunement was warmly received by a large audience.

NZYMN is working with Julia to bring her on-line training programme on the Mentoring FAN framework to Aotearoa in September. The workshop is designed to help people working with youth to develop their skills in attunement; helping them to interact flexibly based on young people’s responses.

Keep a look out for more details about this training opportunity on our website. 

New consultancy offering - Mentoring Matters (Mentoring programme development) 

Do you want to review your existing mentoring proramme? Or are you establishing a new programme?

NZYMN is pleased to offer a flexible consultancy that suits your particular organisation. We can work on-line or in a physical kanohi ki te kanohi. The resources are based on The Guide to Effective and Safe Practice in Youth Mentoring in Aotearoa, but the focus of the work is negotiated when the consultancy is set up. The consultancy comprises of six modules and while the Introduction/Review is compulsory the others are discussed and prioritized to suit your plans.

  1. Introduction and Review
  2. Governance and Management
  3. Programme and Evaluation
  4. Mentors (Recruitment, Selection, Training and Supervision)
  5. Mentoring (Mentee Recruitment, Training and Support)
  6. Building Quality Relationships

"In the last six months I have really enjoyed working with 3 organisations as they set up or sharpen their mentoring programmes. Two of these are setting up new programmes in remote rural areas and the third is reviewing and resetting a programme designed for mentoring within a horticultural industry." Joy Eaton, General Manager, NZ Youth Mentoring Network.

Wrap up

Please pass this e-newsletter on to others in your community who work with young people and have an interest in mentoring and like our facebook page to keep up to date.

Ngā mihi nui

Joy Eaton and the NZYMN team

New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network
PO Box 99726 Newmarket
M: 021 468 851



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