Becoming a Mentor

Being a Mentor is an opportunity to have a huge impact in a young person's life and to contribute in a positive way to developing their full potential; but it is equally about how that special relationship can reward and enrich the life of the Mentor.

becoming a mentor

Why become a Mentor?

Research shows that mentors benefit from

  • a sense of achievement
  • a better understanding of young adults
  • more effective communication skills
  • improved knowledge and skills
  • greater self-confidence & enhanced self-image
  • public recognition & creation of networks with other mentors and stakeholders
  • a culturally and socially enriched life through developing a caring and positive relationship

Who can become a Mentor?

We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life;

  • that believe in the First Foundation vision
  • that are highly motivated to contribute to the development of a young person
  • that have the time and capacity to commit to a young person
  • who are tertiary qualified (preferably)
  • that live in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin ,Whangarei and Palmeston North.
  • that are patient, empathetic and have good listening skills,
  • that are culturally aware, non-judgmental and willing to work with young people from different ethnic/cultural backgrounds from their own.

The only stipulation we have is that potential mentors mustn't have any criminal or serious traffic convictions, and as it is most helpful for students to have mentors with a reasonable amount of life experience, mentors are generally at least 25 years old.


Please download a full Mentor Information and Application Pack and either post to First Foundation, PO Box 74197, Greenlane, Auckland 1546 or email or or contact 09 522 4140

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