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Youth Mentoring - Spring update

27 Oct 20

INVOLVE 2020 - it's a wrap

2020 has, indeed been a stressful year but there has been at least one highlight – the INVOLVE 2020 Digital conference. In the ‘normal’ course of events we had planned a full kanohi ki te kanohi event but it became obvious in March that a Wellington conference might be in jeopardy so we decided to go digital – and such a good job we stuck to that plan because when the August date rolled around Auckland was in Level 3 lockdown and the rest of the country was dealing with a Level 2 rahui.

It was a fabulous conference. We had to cut out a number of great presentations that had been put forward but with 5 organisations gifting zoom time we were able to provide a huge variety of sessions to meet the interests our large and complex sector. It was also great to have the Spoken Word input from a number of very talented young people. There were occasional technical hitches but on the whole we kept flowing helped along by the great continuity team of Rod Baxter and Christina Leaf. Thanks to everyone who made the 2020 INVOLVE conference such a great experience.

Save the date for INVOLVE 2021

Part of the plan to go digital was that we would try for a full conference in 2021 so planning for the next conference is well underway. At the moment we hope that it will be a real-life hui, but we have contingencies in place if we still face rahui. So put 9-11 August 2021 in your diary for a Wellington get together or a digital zooui. The planning committee will be calling for presentation papers soon so keep an eye on the INVOLVE or NZYMN website and think about your wonderful mahi you would like to share with us all.

Missed out on joining us for INVOLVE 2020 Digital?

With 4 keynote presentations and over 20 different workshops and presentations to choose from over the 2 days, Involve 2020 Digital offered something for everyone who 'Zoomed in'.

If you missed out you can purchase a Later Access pass for just $15. Get yours now! 


Want to know more about what happened during the 2020 programme? 

Check out all the details here

MentorPlus workshop: 10th - 11th November - 4 places still available

Our next 2 day Mentoring Skills workshop is in just a couple of weeks time. There are just a few places left if you would like to register. 


This Workshop is for all practitioners, co- coordinators, workers and volunteers that work with young people. Whether you’re keen to learn about mentoring for the first time or to brush up and learn some new skills, we’re confident you will benefit from this workshop.

Date:  10th and 11th November 2020   

Location: Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Road, Parnell

Register online now: Register online now

To find out more about this workshop click on the following link.  Read More

Save the dates - 2021 MentorPlus workshop dates

We have just confirmed the dates for our 2 public MentorPlus (Mentoring skills training) workshops to be held in Auckland next year, so note these on your calendar and we will let you know when registrations open

  • 11th / 12th May:  Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Road, Parnell
  • 9th / 10th November:  Auckland, Rosepark Hotel, 92 Gladstone Road, Parnell

NOTE: Further courses may be scheduled during the year depending on the need.  These will be advertised in our newsletters and on the website.  

We also offer inhouse (on-site) training courses, or can tailor programmes to specifically meet your organisation's needs.  Contact us to discuss your requirements

'The Girl on the Bridge' documentary film

Opportunity for workplace and community screenings


The Girl On The Bridge, is a new kiwi documentary that tells the story of mental health activist Jazz Thornton – her journey to overcome a suicidal past, to help others with their struggles and the personal cost of her advocacy. It is a response to our collective anguish about the suicide crisis in our communities and our desire to “do something”.

The film is now available for workplace and community screenings. A hosted screening can be a good way to kick-off constructive discussions about the role that each and every one of us can play in our response to the suicide crisis, and can also be used by charities and non-profit groups as a fundraiser.

It is OK to talk about suicide and by choosing to host a screening of The Girl On The Bridge you are helping to remove the stigma and to break the silence that surrounds the suicide crisis. 

To assist with these events, our team has compiled clinician-endorsed resource kits to help screening hosts plan their event and also conduct safe and supportive post-screening discussions.

Visit our website to find out how to host a screening, or click here to view the trailer (Please be aware this trailer deals with the subject of suicide) 

Ara Taoihi - 10 years Service to the Youth Development Sector

Congratulations to Ara Taiohi for 10 years as the national organisation supporting youth workers and youth development in Aotearoa. We know they do such fantastic work for those of us passionate about working with young people. It has been our privilege to partner with them (plus the Collaborative Trust and SYHPANZ) in presenting the INVOLVE digital conference in August this year. We are also indebted to them for their work on Mana Taiohi, the framework for positive youth development, that brings a Te Ao Māori worldview to our work. NZYMN looks forward to a long, positive association with this key organisation.


Please pass this e-newsletter on to others in your community who work with young people and have an interest in mentoring and like our facebook page to keep up to date.

Ngā mihi nui

Joy Eaton and the NZYMN team

New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network
PO Box 99726 Newmarket
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