The Youth Mentoring Network

Professional Development


NVOLVE 2021 - Update May 2021

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In this update:

  • Early Bird tickets are extended!

  • Check out some of our amazing presenters!

  • Want to host a stall at INVOLVE?

Early Bird tickets are extended!

You asked, we listened! In this current climate, we understand that planning takes more thought and management. We don’t want you to miss out on this awesome opportunity to come, network and learn alongside some great heroes in the youth work sector of Aotearoa, so we have extended the deadline for Early Bird pricing!

The Early Bird pricing will continue until Friday 4th June!

Get your tickets here

Check out some of our amazing presenters!

We will be releasing our full list of presenters soon. In the meantime, we are excited to announce a few of the presenters for INVOLVE 2021 Reunion - Our Waka, New Seas

We are honoured to be joined by an amazing, diverse group of presenters from many different parts of the youth sector, who will bring their own insights and incredible expertise to us all come August. Please join us in welcoming just a few of them now, with plenty more to come!

Workshop: “I AM” Cultural Identity
Marina Alefosio, Le Va

Marina Alefosio is the Youth Development Lead at Le Va Pasifika, a not-for-profit organisation supporting Pasifika youth and communities to unleash their full potential by having the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes. In this presentation, their Atu-Mai team will guide you through their “I AM” Cultural Identity workshop. The workshop will equip you with tools to support Pasifika youth to build their confidence as Pasifika. “I AM” includes values-based therapeutic techniques that support a young person to explore their cultural values and create a plan on how to put their Pasifika values into action.

Snapshot: Get Voices of People Like Me

ECCT Rangatahi Rōpū

The Regional Rangatahi Rōpū work in partnership with the Eastern and Central Community Trust (ECCT) Board. The Rōpū are a diverse group of young people aged 16 - 24 years from around ECCT’s region who have developed a Youth Action Plan for funding, grown ECCT’s practice of youth participation in decision-making and delivered youth-led funding grants. Around 25 young people have been a part of the Rōpū from communities like Woodville, Masterton, and Wairoa. This presentation will be delivered by Taiohi, about their hīkoi as a Rōpū to develop a funding action plan.

Snapshot: Expectations to serve and give to others – NZ born Pacific youth experiences

Asteoa Sam Pilisi, AUT

Asetoa Sam Pilisi is 2nd generation New Zealand born – Central Auckland raised with blood links to Niue (Avatele/Alofi Tokelau) and Samoa (Sato’alepai/Vailoa i Palauli). He has a BA (Social Sciences) MEdL (Hons) from AUT and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Pacific Studies) from the University of Auckland. This presentation takes a strengths-based approach to understanding the worldviews that underpin service expectations. It will explore experiences and perceptions of New Zealand born Pacific youth, of their various responsibilities to serve family, church, and community. This presentation will help those who work with Pacific youth to gain a better understanding of the responsibilities that Pacific youth have and the challenges and rewards they bring to the individual and the wider collective.

Workshop: Let’s try to focus on what I need, not what you want for me
Kelsey Deane (University of Auckland), Julia Pryce Gaby Perez Laurent, Mandy Lucci (Loyola University Chicago) and Addy Hollis (First Start Youth Mentoring Programme, Chicago)

The ideas of what creates effective communication in adult-youth relationships is limited and largely adult-centric. This interactive workshop will provide a brief overview of a research project designed to explore young people’s reactions to video examples of adults who were effective (or “attuned”) vs. ineffective (“misattuned”) during mentoring interactions, as well as the young people’s own stories of supportive and unsupportive interactions with adults in their lives. The presenters will share communication tips and tools designed in collaboration with youth co-researchers based on the insights gained from the youth voices captured in this project and provide space to discuss cultural differences in effective adult-youth communication.

Want to host a stall at INVOLVE?

Do you want to host a stall at this year’s INVOLVE? We have spots available for you to come and show off your agency? Contact us at Get in quick as spots are filling up!

Access support

As well as extending our Early Bird prices, the team is discussing ways we can support you and your team to join us at INVOLVE 2021. One way we can help is by providing you with a letter of support if you are applying for funding! Email us at

Check out our website for more ways we are working to help you get to INVOLVE.

Keep up to date!

Make sure you are following all our social media channels to keep up to date with the latest!

Instagram: @involveconference and Facebook: INVOLVE 2021 reunion

What are you waiting for?

Well, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now! Remember, Early Bird has been extended to Friday 4th June. So, get in quick! Keep your eyes peeled as we plan to release our schedule along with abstracts via our website in the next couple of weeks.

We hope your community is well and we look forward to seeing you kanohi ki te kanohi or online in August!As always, if you have any questions, please check out the website or send us an email:  

Ngā mihi mahana 

The INVOLVE Team  

INVOLVE 2021 - Last week to buy your Early Bird tickets!

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It’s May already!
We wanted to drop a quick message to remind you that this is the last week to get the Early Bird prices for your INVOLVE registrations…Early Bird registrations close this Friday, 7th May!

Get your registrations now! 

What you need to know:

  • Because INVOLVE 2021 is running as a hybrid event, you have the choice of purchasing an in-person OR an online ticket. Join us in Wellington or from the comfort of your home/ office/ local café!
  • If you buy 5 or more of the same ticket type, you will automatically get 5% off your total registration cost
  • You can pay by credit card or invoice, whichever suits you
  • Need to book for a group, but don’t know who is joining yet? No Worries! Book now, and if needed, we can help you change the names on the tickets later on
  • Want to make the most of membership prices? Sign up with Ara Taiohi or SYHPANZ now!

Buy your tickets here

Only 3 days left!

What to expect at INVOLVE 2021…

Read about our incredible keynotes HERE


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We are currently confirming the full programme, but we can promise you…

  • a huuuuuuuge range of Breakouts
  • incredible network opportunities
  • options to connect with our stall holders (in-person and online),
  • online functions for connecting one-on-one and in small groups from wherever you are
  • a jam-pack social events calendar for in-person attendees!
  • And so much more!

Grab your bargain price before the end of the week!
Head to:


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As always, if you have any questions, please check out the website or send us an email:

Ngā mihi mahana



Save the date: 9-11 August 2021

INVOLVE 2021 will be held in Wellington and online on 9-11 August 2021!

Keep up to date with all the exciting announcements via our website or by joining the Facebook Event. This is the best way to hear the latest INVOLVE news in real-time. 

We also have a brand new Instagram page for the INVOLVE conferences! Check it out and give us a follow: search INVOLVEconference or go to

Present at INVOLVE 2021

Applications are open!  

Only 1 month left to apply!
We would love to hear from you and your team. Applications will stay open until 22nd February,
so get yours in now. Click here to go straight to the application form

Who can apply?  

Anyone and everyone! If you are doing good mahi either with or for the benefit of rangatahi, then we want to hear from you. Applications are invited from across the sector – from anyone keen to share their insights and learning from practice and research, or expertise in capability building. We aim to crowd source a range of presentations that represent the range of the sector and offer INVOLVE attendees the opportunity to learn new things, gain specific skills, hear about innovative programmes and research, and stretch the horizons of their practice with rangatahi. 

We are happy to receive applications that are still in the ideas stage or about projects in progress etc… just give us as much information as you have, and tell us what you hope to share through a presentation.

Check out our website for more information 


Key dates for INVOLVE 2021 Reunion

Late Jan                                    Registrations open

Monday 22 February                Last day to submit your application to present at INVOLVE!

March – early April                    Presenter list confirmed

Friday 7 May                             Early Bird registrations end

Early June                                 INVOLVE schedule released online

9-11 August                            INVOLVE 2021 Reunion!

We can’t wait to see you in August… and we can’t wait to receive your application by 22 Feb!
If you are interested in getting involved in other parts of INVOLVE (perhaps as a volunteer or hosting a stall), check out the website for more info. If you have any questions about INVOLVE 2021, please check out the website or send us an email.

Wishing you a great start to 2021

Ngā mihi nui


Can’t wait until August? INVOLVE Webiner Series, February 2021

Neither can we!

That’s why we have pulled together an exciting new opportunity: the INVOLVE Webinar Series!

Every Wednesday in February, we will be hosting an INVOLVE-style webinar set to help you learn, grow, and connect. These hour-long sessions will be informative and engaging ways for you to hear about different mahi happening in the sector, extend your knowledge or practice, and find connection with others tuning in.

To find out more about our Webinar Series, head to