YAT’s mentoring program has a track record of seeing positive change in the lives of the young people we mentor. Our team of volunteers and youth workers are passionate about seeing young people become who they can be, and journeying alongside them as mentors is one of the best and most rewarding ways to do it!

Mentoring can be as simple as a weekly catchup, playing games, chatting, eating ice creams. But the impact of those activities is profound and vital in the formation of a young person. If you want to be a mentor, or have a young person you know or your own child mentored, get in touch with the Mentoring Coordinator at You won’t regret it!

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YAT is always looking for suitable volunteer mentors to walk with young people through these tough years. Sadly finding mentors is very difficult, therefore cannot take any referrals of young people needing mentors, nor do we have any youthworks contracted to provide this service at present. If you’re looking for a mentor, consider contacting our friends at Big Brother Big Sister Christchurch:

13 Sep 2021

YAT’s mentoring program has been ever-growing over the past few years, we now have our own team of volunteer mentors who serve local rangatahi. If you want to get involved, or find someone to mentor your child, get in touch!

1 Apr 2016

Could you mentoring a local young person????

Volunteer mentors spend an hour a week with a young person at school during the school day or an outing a week after school or on weekends out in the community.  ”We casually talk while playing sport,” says one mentor when asked when about what they do during the mentoring sessions. “We don’t have time for any of that,” another mentor replies, “We talk and talk, I can’t get her to stop.”

The young people we mentor are not “high-risk” but would really benefit from some extra care and attention. Mentoring sessions are a fun, relaxed time when young people and their Big Brother or Sister can hang out and build a friendship.

The programme is structured in a way that allows mentoring to begin as early as Year 1 and can continue right through until the end of high school. Mentoring relationships are most effective when they last a long time and when frequent contact is made. To be a mentor, you need to be able to offer one hour or one outing a week to see your child, for at least a 12 month period.
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