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Youth Mentoring update - April 2015

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April 2015 - Youth Mentoring update

Kia Ora everyone

We hope you had a safe and enjoyable Easter break.  For those of you who were unable to attend distinguished visitor, Professor Toni Zimmerman's presentations in person we are pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to listen to the Professor's Auckland presentation. In this update, we also highlight two professional development opportunities with places still available on our Wellington MentorPlus workshop and registrations are still open for The Collaborative's 7th Annual Hui being held in Christchurch at the end of next week.  We have included a link to some insightful new research on mentoring in the digital age, and finally, if you have not already done so, we encourage you to consider registering your youth mentoring programme on our website. Knowing about your programme enables us to be more effective when responding to requests to find mentors for young people in need of support. It also helps us connect people wanting to become a mentor to a young person, with programmes in their local communities.

On behalf of the NZ Youth Mentoring Network, thank you for your support.  

'Changing the trajectory of young people's lives through mentoring'

Listen to Professor Toni Zimmerman's presentation on mentoring at risk youth

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It was really good to see so many of you at Distinguished visitor Professor Toni Zimmerman's presentations in Wellington and Auckland last month.  The NZYMN welcomed the opportunity to co-host these presentations with the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education.  Thank you to Dr. Pat Bullen and the University of Auckland for sponsoring the Professor's visit. 

For those of you who were unable to attend in person we are pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to listen to the Professor's Auckland presentation. 

The link to the Audio is at the bottom of webpage that opens here:

 The presentation is approximately one hour in duration and concludes just before the end of the Q&A session.  Prof. Zimmerman is a very accomplished and engaging public speaker and does not use many slides during her presentation. You may therefore find it valuable to scroll through the excellent introductory power point presentation from the home page of the Colorado State University Campus Corps webpage while listening to her speak.

The main focus of the Professor’s presentation is the Campus Corps youth mentoring model she and her colleagues developed in response to an identified community need to better serve at-risk youth.  The young people being referred to Campus Corps from Youth Justice, Social Services agencies and schools are presenting with some of the most challenging behavioural and mental health issues.  The mentoring model has a unique three-pronged approach to address their specific needs: 

·       One-on-one mentoring

·       Mentoring pairs also engage in group-based activities, and 

·       Family Therapists are onsite to support youth as needed.

The programme has been running for about six years now and is achieving some very promising outcomes. Research results show that among the youth that attend Campus Corps, thereis  improvement in the following areas:  

·       Reduced truancy

·       Reduced substance use

·       Reduced delinquent behavior

·       Improved attitudes about substance use, and

·       Improved psychological well being.

Participation in the programme for the mentors is also showing some very positive results and is associated with 63% lower odds of dropping out of university in any given year.  Student mentors reported:

·       Improved leadership skills

·       Improved ability to manage stress

·       Increased self-awareness

·       Expanded commitment to civic action, and 

·       Enriched interpersonal skills

Professor Zimmerman’s experiences certainly highlight important strategies for working effectively with vulnerable youth. More specifically how to: sustain matches; engage in safe group-based activities; support youth autonomy; and provide therapy in the moment. The Campus Corps model  also highlights the benefits of youth mentoring as a service learning activity. Since Professor Zimmerman’s visit there has been significant interest in the Campus Corps model. A team of academics and government officials are currently exploring how this model could be adapted and implemented here in Aotearoa. The NZYMN is delighted with the interest generated from Professor Zimmerman’s presentations and will continue to keep you informed of any progress.

Wellington MentorPlus Workshop 18 and 19 May 2015 - places still available!  

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

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

Comments from previous attendees:

"The workshop is really practical. It taught me how to talk with our mentees more effectively and ask the right questions."

"It gave me really useful activities that we can use with our mentees."

"I really enjoyed sharing korero with workmates and looking at the theory behind how we work with young people."  

Date:  18 and 19 May 2015
Location:  Ara Taiohi,  Level 3 / 148 Cuba St / Te Aro / Wellington
Cost:  $380 plus GST (discounts offered when sending more than one person from your organisation)

register online

The Collaborative Trust 7th Annual Research Hui 23 / 24 April - registrations still open!

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23-24 April 2015 at Rydges Latimer Square, Christchurch.
The Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development (The Collaborative Trust) is pleased to announce our 7th Annual Research Hui.

The theme of “Applying a Framework for Youth-Wellbeing” will build on the momentum gained in our 2014 hui aimed at creating connections between people working with young people in order to enhance healthy youth development. 

Please go online to find your registration form, full Hui programme and more information

Mentoring and social media:  New research guides policy and practice

The results of this United States based study suggest that the use of digital media across mentoring relationships is widespread and the reports authors recommend that programme providers create a written digital and social media policy.

In summary, digital media is widely used among mentors and mentees of formal mentoring programs. Our findings show that this media use does not seem to detract from the closeness and quality of face-to-face mentoring relationships, but may actually supplement and strengthen them. In order to derive the maximum benefits of digital media communication, as well as prevent any harmful usage, it seems important to address the lack of consistency with which programs communicate guidelines and administer ongoing training to mentors and mentees on media use. Moreover, it may be helpful to engage youth themselves in training mentors and program staff on media use to create an environment of reciprocity and mutuality, and reduce the chance of shaming and patronizing youth regarding the technology they are in some ways more adept with using than are the digital immigrant adults who mentor them

Register your Youth Mentoring programme on our website today!

Last year we announced a key initiative to commence a nationwide mapping of the youth mentoring sector in New Zealand. Thank you to everyone that has taken the opportunity to registered their mentoring programmes on our website to-date.  Each additional programme listed enables us to be more effective when responding to parents and caregivers, social workers and school counsellors asking for help to find mentors for young people under their care. It also helps us connect prospective volunteer mentors with programmes in their local communities.  

Complete the online form today.  It will only take you about 10 to 15 minutes. Throughout the form there are helpful hints and explanations. If you have any questions please contact Nicki McDonald, E|

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

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General Manager New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network | PO Box 99726 Newmarket | M: 027 520 2981| W: 09 521 8240| E: | W:

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