The Youth Mentoring Network

Professional Development

Our trainers

Ross McCook

Ross is the founding co-director for Heart For Youth Charitable Trust. He has over 20 years experience working with youth in NZ and overseas. He is a registered CYF caregiver and a current caregiver for special needs teens along with his wife, Sue. In 2014 Ross was nominated for both “New Zealander Of The Year Awards” and “Pride of New Zealand Awards” and was awarded a community service medal for his outstanding work with youth and youth at risk. Ross is based in Auckland.

Rod Baxter

Rod works for the Princes Trust NZ and is responsible for designing, testing and implementing an entrepreneurship programme that includes grants for each young person as well as recruiting and training business mentors to support young people in their journey into self-employment. He previously worked for NZ Red Cross and The Boys and Girls Institute. Rod has a background in youth work, education, supervision and theatre and is an excellent facilitator. Rod is based in Wellington.

Sabrina Zoutenbier

MEd (Counselling) (Hons), GradDip (Theol), DipTchg, CTEFLA

Sabrina is a professional teaching fellow at the University of Auckland, School of Counseling.  Within this field Sabrina is involved in teaching the skills and knowledge base required for effective professional practice and aspects of professional ethics.

Sabrina generously gives her time to deliver a session at our mentor skills workshop on communicating effectively with young people. This session is always well received and is a highlight of our training programmes.