About Mentoring

The word Mentor has its origins in Greek mythology and traditionally referred to a 'wise guide, teacher or counselor'.

Ana and Sheree Nicholas

What is a Mentor?

According to the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network (2016), "mentoring aims to provide a purposeful, structured and trusting relationship, that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement".

The most critical aspect of the mentor's role is assisting their student to manage a number of major transitions they face during their time with First Foundation.

What are the qualities of a First Foundation mentor?
A First Foundation mentor is a:

  • Guide / Coach
  • Wiser friend
  • Advisor
  • Positive role model
  • Most importantly, a listener and sounding board.

What's the purpose of a First Foundation mentor?
The purpose is:

  • To establish a positive, trusting and mutual realationship with mentee
  • To walk alongside mentee as they transitioninto university and make the most of the First Foundation Programme
  • Help mentee to develop life skills to manage their workload and pressure
  • Assist to work towards the goals and objectives for each year
  • Assist in obtaining resources
  • Increase mentee's ability to interact with people from various backgrounds and broaden their porfessional and supportive networks

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