Training programmes based on best practice
The New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network training programmes are based on best practice information and research including the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (YDSA), adult experiential learning principles, and national and international research on mentoring. We build a great amount of interactive learning activities, discussion and reflection into all our programmes.
Diversity of programme participants support learning opportunities
We bring together diverse groups of youth workers, managers and mentors working with young people. For example at a recent mentor training course we had three senior staff and career counsellors from a high decile school on the NorthShore and two mentors who have just completed a drug rehabilitation programme who shared their own experience of drug addiction and rehabilitation. Attendees also included staff from a South Auckland Pacific mentoring programme, a musician running mentoring programmes through the use of music, and a mentor from Huntly who works with young people who have violently offended. The 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.
Ongoing evaluations and feedback show that our training programmes support those working in the sector, and support more effective quality assurance and programme implementation.
We are pleased to offer the following training options for those wanting to develop skills in mentoring young people in New Zealand.
- MentorPlus: training is for individuals working with young people, who would like to add a Mentoring dimension to this role
- Mentoring Matters: Training for organisations wanting to establish a Youth Mentoring programme or align their current mentoring offering with international best practice
We schedule a number of public courses each year. View schedule.
We can also tailor programmes to specifically meet your organisation's needs. Contact us to discuss your requirements.