Te Ara Poutama

It takes a community to raise a child, we want you to join our mentoring programme and share your valuable experience.

There are many youths aged 8-15 years old in our community that do not have a positive and encouraging role model in their life and our programme aims to assist some of the youths in our community in over coming this.

Mentoring partnerships can be mutually rewarding and beneficial for both parties on many levels. As a mentor you gain much satisfaction from knowing that you have helped someone, whilst also gaining leadership skills and knowledge along the way. By mentoring you can often learn new ways of thinking, communication skills, networking with new groups. At the most basic level, mentoring a young person reinforces to them that someone cares about them and that they are not alone in dealing with the day-to-day challenges of growing up. By sharing a range of fun activities and experiences together, it promotes self-esteem, support academy achievement and introduce the young person to new ideas and positive decision making.

Our youth often struggle to find their identity and the inner strength to make positive and lasting decisions to help navigate their way down their great pathway of life.

The Te Ara Poutama mentoring programme, is a service providing mentoring to youths who have been identified as ‘at-risk’ in the Western Bay of Plenty area.
These young people have been working closely with the Western Bay of Plenty Police Youth Development team or other community organisations, and our mentors help to continue the good work that has been done, while offering ongoing support.

Mentoring is about inspiring confidence and always giving support and believing in someone. Being a mentor is acting as a coach, an advisor or just being a champion in someone’s corner.

Te Aranui Youth Trust are always looking for new mentors to come on board to assist our young people. If you would like to know more about this programme and mentoring please email mentor@tayt.org.nz or phone 07 577-8072.