The Youth Mentoring Network

Professional Development

Sharing the Kaupapa Workshops

Sharing the Kaupapa - Regional Workshops on Quality Relationships in Youth Mentoring

The New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network has designed this brand new workshop about Quality Relationships in Youth Mentoring.

In 2016 we released the second edition of our Guide to Effective and Safe Practice in Youth Mentoring. Since then, we’ve delivered 18 regional Sharing the Kaupapa workshops about the Guide with 522 practitioners and 262 organisations.

The feedback from these workshops was extremely positive. Participants asked for more and asked us to return to the regions visited. Hence, we have created a brand new workshop based on the demonstrated desire to learn more about mentoring. Participants specifically requested to explore more about the art of forming and maintaining relationships with young people in mentoring.

This workshop has been developed collaboratively and through relationships. We have acknowledged diverse perspectives and a range of experiences in youth mentoring. The workshop and accompanying workbook were written by Rod Baxter, with active support from the NZYMN Trustees, Ross McCook and specialist advice from Yvonna Ualesi, Grendon Boynton and 20 other advisors from across the motu.


Workshop objectives

  • To learn more about effective mentoring
  • To develop specialised skills to build relationships with young people
  • To reintroduce and remind practitioners about the Guide to Effective and Safe Practice in Youth Mentoring (2nd edition)
  • To continue from the initial series of Sharing the Kaupapa regional workshops, which explored the Guide
  • To expand upon Section 3 of the Guide: The Mentoring Relationship
  • To provide new frameworks, research and skills to strengthen quality mentoring relationships, available for all levels of mentoring programme delivery, including coordinators, teachers, mentors, youth workers and volunteers.
  • To strengthen regional and national networks in the well-established youth mentoring community
  • To have fun!

Workshop content and structure

The workshop is structured to mirror the typical mentoring relationship journey.

Youth mentoring recognises culture.

  • What are the unique indigenous approaches to mentoring in Aotearoa?
  • What are our cross-cultural competencies?
  • How do our cultures weave throughout everything we explore?

Youth mentoring requires contemplation

  • How do we reflect on our motivations to mentor?
  • How do we consider what young people are looking for and need?
  • Can we name programme aims, goals and expectations?

Youth mentoring prioritises connections

  • How to connect with young people? What works?
  • How are mentoring relationships formed?
  • Can we reflect on mentors in our own lives, and their impact on us now?

Youth mentoring creates covenants

  • How can we co-create with young people a shared purpose and goals?
  • How do we set boundaries and expectations?
  • Who needs to be involved in the relational agreement or ‘covenant’?

Youth mentoring includes challenges

  • How can we respond to defiant and challenging behaviour?
  • How do we avoid power struggles and conflict?
  • How can we refocus, repair and get relationships back on track?

Youth mentoring needs continuity

  • What skills and qualities can we apply as relationships mature?
  • How do mentoring relationships develop long term?
  • What kinds of ritual and rhythms can we create?

Youth mentoring enables change

  • What impact are our relationships actually having?
  • How can we evaluate progress and the covenant?
  • How do we know we’ve made a difference?

2019 Workshop schedule

Dates and locations for the 2019 workshops are:

Region |  Date

Auckland |  Tuesday 19th February 2019 - registrations now open

Dates and locations of further workshops will be published shortly.


Auckland Workshop details

The first regional workshop will be held in Auckland (Epsom) on 19th February, 2019. Thanks to The Tindall Foundation we will be offering the same workshop in 17 other regional centers throughout the country. Further dates and locations will be published shortly.

Date: Tuesday 19 February 2019

Location:The Kohia Centre, University of Auckland Espom Campus, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Ave, Auckland

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Free parking: at Gate 2, 76 Epsom Ave, Auckland

Fee: $35 inclusive GST and booking fee

Book online now: https://sharing_the_kaupapa_auckland2019.eventbrite.co.nz