About Us

Supporting change in young people with adverse childhood experiences.

Our story

We're Upside Youth Mentoring (formerly Brothers In Arms) and we exist to support change in Aotearoa New Zealand's young people with adverse childhood experiences. We want to help them feel a little brighter and more loved than they did yesterday.

Our dream is to change the future of our nation. We've been matching young people with mentors since 2006 and with over 700 matches and 6000 hours of mentoring a year, we’ve seen time and time again the life-changing effects of this connection.


success rate in 2019 (24% higher than international standard)

The young people we work with

We work with young people aged 9-13 years old who have been referred to us from principals, counsellors, psychologists and social workers who believe a positive role model is what this young person needs to help navigate their current challenges. 

This one's for you, referrers


with Adverse Childhood Experiences

Our mentors

Our volunteer mentors hail from a hugely diverse range of ages, cultures and backgrounds. From CEOs to students, to parachuters and retirees. If you've got two hours a week to spare for a year to change a young person's life, we want to hear from you.

Become a mentor

6000 hours

of volunteer mentoring in 2020



Melissa Powell

General Manager


Kimberley Pond

Auckland Mentoring Manager/Mentoring Supervisor


Daryl Powell

Partnerships Manager/Mentoring Supervisor

Our partners

We're stoked to be partnering with other organisations doing amazing mahi to reach young people outside of Auckland. Currently, we've got Springboard in Rodney and Tipu Skills for Life in Tauranga delivering Upside's mentoring programme to their local communities.