Your support will change lives!


Connecting youth with positive role models to support and journey through life experiences

"Being around such kind generally good people all the time really helps with how I now act around other people because I know what it is like to be looked after and treated like this.” - AJ


Youth Encounter Mentoring is a vital part of our young people’s on-going freedom to Live Life Wide Open through consistent support and empowerment to stay on track towards a purpose filled future.

Fun activities to develop life skills and kai are used as the means to form healthy and strong connections between the young people and their mentors, to create meaningful discussions about life and the issues they are facing.

Our strategic outcome focus is taking young people from lacking direction to finding purpose in life (Te Ao) by;

  1. Greater understanding of their values and the ability to live true to them

  2. Showing more direction towards being part of healthier communities (manaakitanga)

  3. Increased motivation of goals and aspirations

  4. Developing life skills and knowledge

"My experience for the first time MTB in Redwoods was amazing, me launching off jumps is like me launching into my future, me going fast is like time will fly sooner or later your dreams will come faster than you think and I would greatly love to thank Youth Encounter for giving me the opportunity to experience something new.” - Zion


Our mentors have been carefully selected from the community, screened (including a criminal background check) to assess suitability and trained before commencing as mentors.

Youth Encounter’s activities are safety approved and include but not limited to, dirt bike riding, surfing, golf and mountain biking. Participant's will be safety briefed and instructed to safely participate in the activities. During the course of the mentoring program there will be opportunities to be part of our group gatherings, residential camps and work readiness development. We also suggest our therapy programme for all mentoring participants. 

How to engage!

  1. Make a referral (see button below) - we will assess needs and suitability and contact you

  2. We will create a client plan for you to authorise and complete parent/caregiver consent

  3. We will then engage with young person to deliver client plan


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