The Aotea Mentoring Programme

Aotea Mentoring Programme (AMP) shows best practice, effective and safe youth mentoring on our island.

Accept | Connect | Empower | Guide | Support

What is Youth Mentoring?

The word mentor comes from the Greek language and means ‘a wise guide.’
In ancient times, traditionally this was the master/apprentice relationship where skills were shared and learned.
A modern mentor is still a wise guide, but may also be both a friend and role model to the young person.

“He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important
Thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is people, it is people, it is people”
Maori proverb

Becoming a Mentor

If you are interested in spending fun times, sharing skills and walking beside a young person in their journey, we would like to hear from you.

“One good relationship can transform a life; it can become the means by which a young person connects with others, with teachers & schools, with their future prospects and potential”

To be eligible to become an AMP Mentor, you must …

• Enjoy spending time with teenagers
• Be a resident of GBI
• Be Over 21 years
• Have a full NZ driver’s license
• Have access to a warranted & registered car
• Willing to complete the application & screening process
• Be reliable and committed

Finding a Mentor

If you are 12—18, and you would be keen to have fun and learn stuff with an AMP mentor a few hours a week or just want more information, then get in touch!

A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of you to show you how they did it. A mentor walks alongside you to show you what you can do”

How it works

Volunteer mentors are recruited, screened, trained and matched with a young person aged 12 and over.
Mentors and Mentees are supported and supervised by the AMP Coordinator throughout the relationship.
The pair meet up for a few hours weekly to do fun stuff, like going to the beach, playing a sport, go fishing, a bush walk or just hanging out sharing an interest or learning a new skills.
These close connections and experiences help the young person to discover who they are and develop positive aspirations for their future.
As a result, young mentees are better able to flourish to their full potential and to engage with and contribute to the world around them .

Programme support

The Aotea Mentoring Programme has been funded by Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Children. Thank you.

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