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Youth mentoring resources


We understand that mentoring can be challenging, and that thinking of new, fun activities to bring to your mentoring session can be tough sometimes. We also understand that mentors often lead busy lives, and therefore aim to offer some practical support for mentors by providing a repository of activities which are open access and free to use.

Mentoring is a highly individualised intervention, for which there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, especially when it comes to the types of activities which will specifically support your mentee, their goals, and their positive development. Most of the activities are presented with 11-13 year old mentees in mind. However, many can be modified to better suit the needs, interests and developmental stage of both older and younger mentees. All of the activities included here are therefore best understood as guides for mentors. We would encourage you to think carefully about how any activity may be purposefully adapted to best suit the needs of your mentee.

The activities presented here were developed to meet the needs and outcomes of mentees in the Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme (MATES) Juniour programme. We would like to especially acknowledge the mentors who contributed to the development of these resources. All activities below are categorised by mentee outcome:

Thank you to Great Potentials Foundation and the New Zealand Vodafone Foundation which have made this resource possible by supporting youth mentoring and mentoring research in New Zealand.

Please direct any questions or comments regarding these resources to Dr Pat Bullen.