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Season's Greetings from NZYMN

HIGHLIGHTS 2021. Its certainly been a year of two halves. The first half relatively Covid free with workshops and conference going to plan. The second half, with Delta, seeing massive cancellations and postponements.

We were fortunate to be able to hold the INVOLVE Conference in Wellington In August. Over 900 people connected to the youth sector met to network, learn and talk. It was a spectacular gathering enhanced by young voices and youthful poets.

As Delta invaded our shores in August, we were forced to abandon our planned Whai Wāhitanga schedule and Mentor Plus workshops, but the silver lining was that we ventured further into the digital world with a very special mini virtual workshop. It was also great to be able to pilot an ‘in-person’ workshop at the beginning of December in Cromwell, Central Otago, so we know we have a brilliant workshop to roll out across Aotearoa 2022.

CONNECTIONS NEWSLETTER: Summer 2021/2022. We hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter over the summer break:  Connections newsletter summer 2021/2022

Read about:

  • Fun at INVOLVE 2021.
  • The effects of mentor self-disclosure.
  • Youth consultation for the Whai Wāhitanga workshops.

LOOKING FORWARD to 2022. We are delighted to revive our planned Whai Wāhitanga workshops. Thanks to funding from The Tindall Foundation, we are ready with brand new materials and activities that will enhance youth participation in the mentoring relationship. Further details of our 2022 schedule will be available in January.  Look out for us in your region, details at www.youthmentoring.org.nz .

We wish you and your whanau a very special festive season followed by safe and happy summer. We hope that you will have a chance to relax and re-energise for the challenges of the year ahead.

Meri kirihimete ngā mihi o te tau hou ki to whānau

Joy Eaton, on behalf of the NZ Youth Mentoring team


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