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

“Since being a part of Youth Encounter, my son has been keeping in touch with other campers and leaders. He has been asked about his goals and how he is going to achieve them. His response was ‘he was no good at setting goals and achieving the’ so he has been offered the help to do this. I feel that the leaders don’t just encourage them on camps but keep a close interest in the kid’s long term.” 
- Parent feedback

Encounter Mentoring is another powerful step in Youth Encounter’s Arotika ki te Kaupapa track, as our young people engage in mentoring, which can include 1on1 time, messaging, residential camps and social gatherings.

Encounter Mentoring offers ongoing mentoring support to connect youth aged 13-17 years old, with positive role models for support and guidance through life experiences. Adventure activities and kai are our means to form healthy and strong connections between the young people and mentors to create meaningful discussions about life and the issues they are facing.

Our mission is to release the potential in our young people through mentoring. For them to find purpose in life and to have a reason worth living for.

“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.” - Participant

Our goal is for young people to believe in their value through non-judgemental and trusting relationships, which out of our young people’s potential is released. We aim to provide our young people with mentors who can benefit them where they are at, having resources and skills, and to know the value they bring to the relationship.

Our mentors have been carefully selected from the community, screened (including a criminal background check) assess suitability and trained to before commencing as a mentor. A mentor is expected to make regular contact with the participant involving fun activities and kai that help facilitate the relationship building.

Encounter Mentoring uses the activities approved by Youth Encounter, including but not limited to dirt bike riding. The participant will sign off a waiver when participating in activities and if necessary the mentor will sign on behalf of the participant. During the course of the mentoring program there may be special group events (incorporating mentors and youth) and family events planned that we will make you aware of.

Please contact us on info@youthencounter or 07 218 2113 for more information regarding these services.


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