As a volunteer mentor, you are one of our most valuable partners. You’re committing to meeting with a young person every week for at least 12 months. The focus of those times is building a quality relationship of unconditional love, care and support with a young person who needs a positive role model. Each week you might find yourselves muffin baking, movie watching, scrap booking, shopping, walking the dog, chillin in the house or jammin some video games. All these activities help develop your relationship. Through these activities and over time you can make a big difference for a young person and their whanau.
There are three eco-systems of support across Auckland including Central South (Mt Wellington), Central West (Glenavon) and North (North Shore). This means we have close relationships with schools, mental health services and social workers in these areas who refer young people to us from these communities.
Your mentoring relationship will be supported by our experienced Mentoring Supervisors throughout your mentoring relationship. You won't be alone out there. We support over 100 mentoring relationships each year and there are loads of events and an annual camp to connect with other mentors and young people too. Also, training, monthly supervision and ongoing support is available and recommended to all our mentors.
To be an Upside Volunteer mentor: You'll be older than 18 years old; You'll have a full NZ drivers licence; You'll have a car with a current Warrant of Fitness and Registration; You'll have a few hours each week for at least 12 months to make a difference in a young person's life.
What the year looks like:
8 hours of mentor training
2 hours a week hanging out with a young person
3 hours a month of supervision
6 events throughout the year (including an overnight camp and graduation)
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.
Youth & Children