The Youth Mentoring Network



Season's greetings from the Youth Mentoring Network

12 Dec 23

Season's Greetings from NZYMN


It has been a privilege to meet old friends and make new mates at our youth mentoring workshops this year. 288 mentors came along to our 12 training sessions. Our three on-line workshops were a particular highlight, connected people in the rural areas of Northland, East Coast, Central North Island and the South Island. Mentors commented that they were the most interactive on-line workshops they had ever experienced.  It was also great to see the big groups that gathered in Hamilton, Auckland and Palmerston North able to have enriching networking experiences, connecting them to people working in similar situations.

INVOLVE 2023, in Tāmaki Makaurau, was an undoubted highlight. Ann and I enjoyed meeting many people who rocked up to our desk and pinned a name tag onto our map – from Kaitaia to Invercargill we located over 100 organisations supporting young people in Aotearoa. It was also a pleasure to introduce the highly successful REP (Rotary Enrichment Programme)- a literacy programme enhanced by mentoring– to a large breakout group at the conference. The mentor, the students and the coordinator shared their story and demonstrated the power of intergenerational relationships. Click on the link to view a short video which provides a wonderful insight into this unique programme. Link to video


2024 is set to be a busy time for us – we will be offering 2 new workshops alongside our foundational mentoring skills programme (MentorPlus).  These new workshops are:

  1. Strengths-Based Skills for Youth Mentoring: This workshop is all about exploring strengths-based approaches in youth mentoringWe are planning nine of these workshops across the motu in 2024 with both Rod Baxter and Ross McCook taking lead roles in facilitating them. Click on the link to read more about this new workshop. Strengths-based skills flyer

  2. Upskilling Youth Kaimahi: We are excited to be partnering with MYD and Ara Taiohi on a workshop for young kaimahi as they support peers or younger rangatahi. We look forward to sharing more details on these workshops in the New Year. 

In addition to our standard schedule of workshops we welcome the opportunity to run in-house / community based workshops upon request. Last year we ran a couple of these in the central North Island and we already have one scheduled in Northland for early 2024. Please contact us if we can help with your training needs.

2024 training schedule

Click on this link to view our 2024 training schedule.  workshop schedule

Finally, we wanted to let you know that NZYMN are moving offices. Since 2018 the University of Auckland's has  hosted us at their Epsom Campus. It has been a center of calm that has allowed us to reach out into the youth mentoring community with confidence and energy. It is with a sad heart that we are leaving there but we are truly grateful that the Faculty of Education and Social Work has found space to offer us in 2024 in their new Auckland central city location.

We wish you and your whānau 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 opportunities and 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

New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network
M: 021 468 851



Newsletter Archives

12 Dec 23:Season's greetings from the Youth Mentoring Network
22 Aug 23:Youth Mentoring training scheduled for remainder of 2023 - register online now
14 Jun 23:Youth Mentoring Network - Mid-year update
03 Mar 23:Youth Mentoring workshops - 2023 Schedule
13 Dec 22:Season's Greetings from NZYMN
08 Sep 22:September workshops - Whai Wahitanga: Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
20 Jul 22:Whai Wahitanga - Active Youth Participation in Mentoring - August workshops - book online now
20 Jun 22:Kaitaia and Nelson workshops 28 & 29 June - Whai Wahitanga: Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
17 Dec 21:Meri kirihimete from NZYMN
11 Aug 21:Youth Mentoring - new one day workshop on Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
14 Jul 21:INVOLVE 2021 update: 9 - 11 August
09 Feb 21:Youth Mentoring - February 2021
17 Dec 20:Youth Mentoring - Season's Greetings from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
27 Oct 20:Youth Mentoring - Spring update
20 Jul 20:Youth Mentoring - July 2020 update
12 Dec 19:Seasons greetings from NZYMN
07 May 19:May 2019 update
06 Mar 19:March 2019 update
14 Dec 18:Season's Greetings from NZYMN
09 Aug 18:August e-news
16 Jul 18:Involve 2018 - three exciting announcements
09 Jul 18:July update
10 May 18:May e-news update
22 Feb 18:February e-news
19 Dec 17:Seasons greetings from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
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