Do I have what it takes to be a mentor?

A mentor in YWCA’s Future Leaders programme is a woman of experience, who through caring, listening and sharing life experience, encourages a young woman to achieve her full potential. Future Leader mentors come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds but all have one thing in common; they’re passionately committed to the development of young women.

What is expected from a mentor?

All you need is belief in the potential of young women, passion, commitment and patience. YWCA Auckland provides full training and on-going support.

How does it work?

You as a mentor will have a one-on-one relationship with a young woman. Mentors provide support to young women on the programme in collaboration with parents and care givers.

Who will I mentor?

You will be matched with a Year 11 girl (aged 14-15).

Will I get any support?

Yes, YWCA Auckland provides mentors on-going support with mentor support meetings every three months. These are an opportunity to meet with other mentors, hear from experts in the youth and mentoring sector, and to learn informally. Programme Coordinators are always on hand to talk through any concerns or issues you may have.

How much time do I need to commit to the Future Leader?

You will meet your Future Leader each month, attend workshops as required and plan joint activities. We ask you to text, email or chat over the phone with each other every fortnight.  You and the Future Leader are expected to work out when and how you will meet depending on both your schedules. At the beginning of your time as a mentor, we ask you to sign a two year commitment contract.

What if I'm unable to give the Future Leader sufficient time half way through the programme and have to withdraw for any reason?

We are realistic and understand that unforeseen situations can affect your relationship with the Future Leader. YWCA staff will manage the situation through sensitively communicating with the Future Leader the reasons for the mentor not being able to continue. Your Future Leader will be re-matched with another mentor.

Are there any additional costs involved?

There is no cost. The outings and activities you plan with the Future Leader are flexible and it is recommended that these be low cost. It is your decision as to the amount you’re willing to pay for the outings and activities, and you are not expected to pay for everything.

How do I become a mentor?

We welcome you to contact us to have a chat about becoming a mentor. Please call Wendy on 09 520 8161 or 021 821 633 or email her on wendy@akywca.org.nz.

YWCA Auckland programmes receive generous support from...
  • Auckland Council

    ASB Community Trust
  • Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust

    Lottery Grants Board
  • Perpetual Guardian

    Skycity Auckland Community Trust
  • The Lion Foundation

    The trusts charitable foundation

YWCA of Auckland New Zealand

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