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17 Dec 14

December 2014 Update

Hello everyone

It has been a privilege to work with you and your organisations again this year. The Network’s aim is to support you in the tremendous work you do with young people in your community. Congratulations on the many achievements you have made this year and thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience to advance the growth and development of effective youth mentoring practice in NZ.  

In this newsletter take a minute to read Pat Bullen's (Vodafone WOD Fellowship recipient) latest blog; an inspiring article about why Kevin Spacey (Hollywood actor) thinks we need to 'send the elevator back down!' and a heartwarming fable by Dr Tim Cavell (leading American researcher on mentoring) about mentoring those we care about.

Also, if you have not already seen it we would highly recommend the NZ film -  The Dark Horse. The powerful messages throughout the film have some real parallels with being an effective mentor to a young person.  

Finally, take a minute to diarise Thursday 26 March 2015 as we are pleased to be co-hosting a presentation from University of Auckland Distinquished visitor, Professor Toni Zimmerman, University of Colorado on Mentoring at-risk youth. 


Maximising Potential One Mentoring Relationship at a Time

Pat Bullen's latest blog, Vodafone World of Difference 2014 Fellowship recipient


Why Kevin Spacey thinks we should "send the elevator back down"

by Jean Rhodes, Editor of The Chronicle of Evidence-based Mentoring

At a recent lecture given by Kevin Spacey at the University of Virginia, he talked about the vital role of mentors in his life and the need to 'pay it forward'.  The phrase “send the elevator back down", spoken by Spacey's mentor, has served as his constant reminder to provide young people with the same sorts of opportunities and role modeling that he had.  

http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/why-kevin-spacey-thinks-we-should-send-the-elevator-back-down/


A Heartwarming fable about mentoring those we care about

By Dr. Tim Cavell

In this article Dr Tim Cavell shares the results of a study done almost 30 years ago that highlights the important lessons for how to be with those we care about. To convey these lessons he has written a short heartwarming fable about an orphan raccoon and a tree.  Here is a link to the article and story. 

http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/a-fable-about-mentoring-and-being-close-with-those-we-love/


Must see film - The Dark Horse

This film is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brillant but little-known New Zealand hero and chess champion - the late Genesis Potini. Potini was widely admired for promoting the educational benefits of chess in poor communities.  Battling bipolar disorder, Potini was also an advocate for Mental Health awareness. 

The film's script crystallises Potini’s struggles in a fictitious drama involving a conflicted teenage nephew, Mana who is about to be patched into his father’s gang. To Genesis there’s a compelling alternative for Mana: the local chess club, where he coaches an unruly assortment of Gisborne kids.

The powerful messages in this film about being there for the young people, not letting them down, and giving them a sense of purpose have many parallels with being an effective mentor to a young person.  Click on this link to watch the trailer.

http://www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/the-dark-horse


Mentoring At-Risk Youth: A model to address problems in mentoring practice and literature

Professor Toni Zimmerman, Colorado State University - University of Auckland Distinguished Visitors Award recipient

Thursday 26 March 2015, 4pm - 7pm, University of Auckland Faculty of Education, Epsom Campus

The NZ Youth Mentoring Network and the University of Auckland are pleased to be co-hosting a presentation by Professor Toni Zimmerman, University of Auckland Distinquished Visitors Award recipient.

By applying Family Systems and diversity-centred approaches to mentoring youth-at-risk, Prof. Zimmerman and her colleagues have developed and implemented a mentoring model - Campus Corps - that is applicable in many contexts and environments. Her impressive research record matched with her hands-on practice have seen her mentoring model gaining national and international attention, as it addresses many gaps in the mentoring literature including community support, diversity training, and mental health issues with at-risk youth.


2015 Mentor Training schedule

We are pleased to confirm our 2015 public training schedule for our MentorPlus and Mentoring Matters training programmes. 

To register,  complete the registration form

Mentoring Matters

9 & 10 November   Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Rd, Parnell

Mentor Plus

16 & 17 March       Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Rd, Parnell
18 & 19 May Wellington, venue TBC
27 & 28 July Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Rd, Parnell
19 & 20 October Christchurch, venue TBC
23 & 24 November Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Rd, Parnell

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Season's Greetings

On behalf of the NZ Youth Mentoring Network, I would like to wish you all a very safe and happy festive season and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to continuing to work with you and your organisations in 2015. 

Meri kirihimete nga mihi o te tau hou ki to whanau

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to your family

 Nicki Mcdonald_opt

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


Newsletter Archives

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