The Youth Mentoring Network

Building connections for youth mentoring in Aotearoa New Zealand

Welcome to the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network website.  The Network is the national hub for the youth mentoring sector in New Zealand.  We work with organisations and practitioners to promote effective youth mentoring.  We provide advice, support, access to best practice resources and training in Mentoring. 

Mentoring can have a powerful and positive influence on the lives of young people as they grow and transition into adulthood.  If mentoring is an area that interests you - either as a recipient, mentor, programme provider, funder or thinker we need to hear from you

Mentoring Stories

Expanding Māori and Pasifika youth horizons – Great Potentials Foundation

MATES (Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme) is an Auckland-based programme, targeted to key transition stages in the schooling cycle. It supports low decile school students identified as being at risk of not reaching their academic potential to engage in positive learning experiences, by matching them with a tertiary student mentor/tutor. MATES started 14 years ago, drawing on Māori and Pasifika cultures and collaborating with Auckland University.

Programme Director Shana Malio-Satele, says the success of the MATES programme is built on the one-on-one mentoring relationship established over the 10 months of supervised, weekly after-school sessions. Mentors are carefully selected and trained, family engagement is a pre-requisite and achievement is celebrated at an end of year event for the mentees, their families and the mentors, along with sponsors who proudly acknowledge the work of MATES.