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11 Apr 14


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MentorPlus Wellington workshop 12 & 13 May - 5 places left!

This is an excellent workshop opportunity for people working with young people, who need to add a mentoring dimension to their role.

Our small group training workshops bring together youth workers, teachers, social workers, and community-based 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.

During the two day course attendees will learn key skills in:

  • communicating effectively with a young person
  • managing risk & behaviour when working with a young person
  • helping young people explore their identity and culture, and
  • assisting personal development

Read more about this programme and register online now. 


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Update from Pat Bullen, Vodafone World of Difference 2014 Fellowship recipient

We are delighted to be able to share Pat's blog with you so you can keep up to date with her Fellowship journey.  In her first installment Pat updates us on:
  • the Youth Mentoring Summit she attended along with 700 researchers, policy makers and practitioners in Arlington Virginia in late January.  Two key take home messages for Pat were, first, networking and collaboration are vital to the advancement of the sector, and second, there is a real need to ensure research within the sector is made accessible to practitioners;
  • Her visits to a number of tertiary institutions and youth mentoring programmes across the United States and what she learnt; and
  • Her presentations at the Festivals of Education in Auckland and Christchurch late last month.  At these presentations we 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. Pat's presentation.

Pat is passionate about the power of youth mentoring and in particular how mentoring can transform the lives of our rangatahi. Her aim through her Fellowship, is to enhance the sector by engaging in a series of activities that increase the quality and reach of youth mentoring in Aotearoa.  Here is the link to Pat's first blog: http://foundation.vodafone.co.nz/03/04/2014/transforming-lives-through-youth-mentoring/


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YouthWeek 2014 Awards – Nominations Now Open

Youth Week 2014 is held between 17 and 25 May. The Ministry of Youth Development and Ara Taiohi are proud to bring you the Youth Week 2014 Awards. These awards will celebrate the achievements that young New Zealanders make everyday.

You can recognise the contribution that young people make in their communities by nominating a young person today.  Nominations are open and will close at 9am Monday 28 April. 

For more information check out http://www.myd.govt.nz/news/2014/youth-week-2014.html


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New International Report -The Mentoring Effect

January 2014
Commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partners in the United States

The Mentoring Effect is a compelling new report informed by the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of both informal and formal mentoring, to understand their perspectives on the outcomes and availability of Mentoring.

The experiences of the young people surveyed showed significant positive outcomes for those who had a mentor. At-risk young people with mentors were more likely to aspire to attend and to enroll in college. They were more likely to report participating in sports and other extracurricular activities. They also were more likely to report taking leadership roles in school and extracurricular activities and to regularly volunteer in their communities.

Whilst United States based, the report findings and recommendations offer some valuable insights that are very relevant to Aotearoa NZ.  Click here for the full report


Youth Mentoring in the Media

Dionne Christian, NZ Herald reporter wrote a very infromative feature article on youth mentoring last month.  It is well worth a read if you missed it. 

Volunteers make a difference to communities throughout New Zealand, one young person at a time, finds Dionne Christian (NZ Herald, Saturday 15 March 2014)

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Fatima Leung-Wai from Roots Collective talks with Cris Smith from West Lynn. Photo / Dean Purcell

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.

read more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11220583


In closing

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

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Nicki McDonald

General Manager New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network | PO Box 99726 Newmarket M:    027 520 2981       | W:    09 521 8240       E: nicki@youthmentoring.org.nz | W: www.youthmentoring.org.nz

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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
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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