This Public Lecture is organised in association with the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network
Youth-initiated mentoring (YIM) is an innovative approach in which youth select adults to serve as mentors in formalized matches; and holds great appeal for its potential to help with long-standing issues facing mentoring programmes such as volunteer recruitment and attrition and low to modest effect sizes of mentoring, particularly for higher risk youth. Findings from two studies will be presented detailing the influence of YIM on the entire mentoring process, and implications for program practices discussed. This public lecture will appeal to students, staff, practitioners, policy leaders from state, local government and community agencies and the general public.
Current University of Auckland Seelye Fellow and Harvard PhD graduate Prof Renée Spencer is a theoretical and applied expert in youth mentoring. As a Professor at the School of Social Work at Boston University, Spencer’s influential work has revealed the under-recognised role of parents in mentoring; particular contributions adult mentors make to the mentoring process; mentoring young people in foster-care; educational stress and adolescent girls’ development; and the complexity of how and why mentoring relationships end.
She has a breadth and depth of experiential and theoretical knowledge of tertiary institutions, schools, research clusters, as well as school teachers, youth practitioners, parents/caregivers and community and government agencies grappling with delivering positive youth outcomes through mentoring programmes and adult-youth partnerships.