The Youth Mentoring Network



Youth Mentoring Network - Mid-year update

14 Jun 23

Recognition in the King’s Birthday Honours list

It was something special to see youth mentoring recognised in the recent King's Birthday Honours list.

Ms Ann Dunphy , Chair of NZYMN, was acknowledged as a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM). The citation highlights her work as a leading educator and her long service in the drive to promote effective and safe mentoring in Aotearoa. Ann is taking this opportunity to spread the good word about intentional youth mentoring and the value of NZYMN.

We also acknowledge our good friend and facilitator Rod Baxter has been awarded an Officer of NZ Order of Merit (ONZM). This recognises his long service in supporting youth and youth workers. It also recognises his current work as CEO of the Prince’s Trust Aotearoa.

This year's Honours list also acknowledges the work of a former NZYMN trustee Frank Solomon and his wife Judy. Although this citation focusses on their current work in age care, we know that Frank and Judy were pivotal in the establishment of the Solomon Group, a group of training establishments that help youth transition from school to work. 

Congratulations and thank you for your outstanding mahi and dedication.

INVOLVE 2023 - The Stars That Align Us

Get excited!

Involve 2023 conference programme has just dropped, featuring renowned speakers, interactive workshops, and cutting-edge topics!

The Conference is being held in Tāmaki Makaurau this year from 14 to 16 August 2023. 

INVOLVE is the national conference for youth development in Aotearoa. The aim is to gather as many people together to ensure that the sector works cooperatively and cohesively. To find out more

Register online now. Early bird registrations close on Friday 30 June.

Youth Mentoring at INVOLVE 2023

The NZ Youth Mentoring Network is busy preparing a presentation to feature a highly successful mentoring programme operating in seven secondary schools in Auckland and Northland. (Monday 14 August, 3.15pm - Concurrent session A9)

We will:

  • Explore the elements of two mentoring programmes where the community support young people to find their way confidently to the next stage of their journey.
  • Discover a powerful growth model developed within an intergenerational, crosscultural setting.
  • Find out about the work of the volunteer coordinators.
  • Meet young people who benefit from the relationship.

We are also pleased to tell you that Dr Hilary Dutton will be sharing her early findings from her current research that focusses on understanding youth experience of disclosure in helping relationships. (Wednesday 16 August, 11am - Concurrent session D6)

From Youth Health to Youth Development, Social Challenges to Climate Change there are topics that will interest you. INVOLVE conferences are always special and a great opportunity to meet colleagues from around the motu. We look forward to seeing you there.

Quality Relationships in Youth Mentoring - Registrations now open 

Hamilton - Thursday 20 July 2023   

This Workshop is focused on the art of forming and maintaining relationships with young people in mentoring.  

You will learn:

  • more about effective mentoring
  • specialised skills to build relationships with young people
  • new frameworks, research and skills to strengthen quality mentoring relationships, suitable for all levels of mentoring programme delivery, including coordinators, teachers, mentors, youth workers and volunteers,
  • and much much more …. 

Who should attend?

This workshop is for people who work with young people, including: mentors, mentor programme providers, youth workers, educators, school counsellors, pastors, central and local government agency staff and community workers.

Here are all the details

Date and time: Thursday 20 July 2023, 9.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre, 100 Garnett Avenue, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3241

Fee: $120 incl. GST and booking fee. The event is fully catered and you will also receive a comprehensive workbook

Register now:

Note: Places limited to 25 attendees per workshop so be sure to register asap.

Click here to find out more about the workshop: QualityRelationships

International Research from The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

By Jean Rhodes, Ph.D.
Two unexpected ways to strenghten mentor-mentee relationships.
Forging strong, enduring mentoring relationships depends on many factors, including empathy, proximity, and shared interest.  But here are two research-based tips that might be helpful to mentors...Read more

Closing message

Please pass this e-newsletter on to others in your community who work with young people and have an interest in mentoring.

Ngā mihi nui

Joy Eaton and the NZYMN team

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


Newsletter Archives

12 Dec 23:Season's greetings from the Youth Mentoring Network
22 Aug 23:Youth Mentoring training scheduled for remainder of 2023 - register online now
14 Jun 23:Youth Mentoring Network - Mid-year update
03 Mar 23:Youth Mentoring workshops - 2023 Schedule
13 Dec 22:Season's Greetings from NZYMN
08 Sep 22:September workshops - Whai Wahitanga: Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
20 Jul 22:Whai Wahitanga - Active Youth Participation in Mentoring - August workshops - book online now
20 Jun 22:Kaitaia and Nelson workshops 28 & 29 June - Whai Wahitanga: Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
17 Dec 21:Meri kirihimete from NZYMN
11 Aug 21:Youth Mentoring - new one day workshop on Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
14 Jul 21:INVOLVE 2021 update: 9 - 11 August
09 Feb 21:Youth Mentoring - February 2021
17 Dec 20:Youth Mentoring - Season's Greetings from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
27 Oct 20:Youth Mentoring - Spring update
20 Jul 20:Youth Mentoring - July 2020 update
12 Dec 19:Seasons greetings from NZYMN
07 May 19:May 2019 update
06 Mar 19:March 2019 update
14 Dec 18:Season's Greetings from NZYMN
09 Aug 18:August e-news
16 Jul 18:Involve 2018 - three exciting announcements
09 Jul 18:July update
10 May 18:May e-news update
22 Feb 18:February e-news
19 Dec 17:Seasons greetings from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
29 Aug 17:August e-news
06 Jul 17:July e-news
14 Jun 17:June e-news update
25 May 17:May e-news
20 Apr 17:Invitation - Professor Renée Spencer - Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM)
04 Apr 17:April e-news
02 Mar 17:Youth Mentoring news - March 2017
21 Dec 16:Happy holidays from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
24 Nov 16:Regional workshops: new Youth Mentoring Guide - update
25 Oct 16:Registrations for Wellington & Auckland Regional workshops - now open
12 Oct 16:October update - Regional workshops on the new Youth Mentoring Guide
13 Sep 16:Regional workshops: new Youth Mentoring Guide - update
16 Aug 16:Regional workshops: new Youth Mentoring Guide - update
20 Jul 16:Youth Mentoring latest news - July 2016
07 Jun 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference - just 2 days left to register
31 May 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference, 14 June 2016 - final week to register
25 May 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference, 14 June 2016 - just 20 days to go
18 May 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference, 14 June 2016 - just 4 weeks away
12 May 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference, 14 June 2016 - just 5 weeks away
02 May 16:Youth Mentoring special one day conference, 14 June 2016
18 Dec 15:December 2015 update
01 Sep 15:September Youth Mentoring Update
23 Jun 15:June 2015 - Youth Mentoring update
17 Jun 15:Prof. Michael Karcher presentation - update
09 Jun 15:Prof. Karcher presentation - revised RSVP link
09 Jun 15:Invitation - Professor Michael J. Karcher - Mentoring the mentors
16 Apr 15:Youth Mentoring update - April 2015
10 Mar 15:Invitation - Distinguished visitor - Wellington and Auckland events
19 Feb 15:Invitation - Professor Zimmerman, Mentoring at risk Youth
17 Dec 14:December 2014 Update
26 Aug 14:Invitation to register your programme with the Youth Mentoring Network
23 May 14:May 2014 - Youth Mentoring News
22 Apr 14:MentorPlus workshop - Wellington 12 and 13 May - 3 places left!
11 Apr 14:Youth Mentoring April update
12 Mar 14:Festival of Education: Youth Mentoring sessions - places limited - register now
11 Mar 14:INVITATION: Festival of Education - Auckland and Christchurch
20 Dec 13:Seasons Greetings from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
23 Oct 13:Youth Mentoring - October update
17 Sep 13:Youth Mentoring - September update
03 Sep 13:NZ Youth Mentoring Conference registrations close today!
28 Aug 13:National Youth Mentoring Conference - last chance to register
21 Aug 13:2013 National Youth Mentoring Conference - registrations close in 2 weeks
14 Aug 13:2013 National Youth Mentoring Conference - special group discount
25 Jul 13:2013 Youth Mentoring Conference - Earlybird registration finishes 31 July
05 Jul 13:2013 Conference - programme and presenters confirmed
30 May 13:May update - 2013 New Zealand conference