Register your interest to mentor

We're always looking for epic people, to become amazing Upside mentors. 

Thanks for taking an interest and you no doubt have questions about what's involved which we'd love to answer. 

As a volunteer mentor, you are one of our most valuable partners. You’re committing to meeting with a young person for 2 hours every week for 12 months. The focus of those times is building a quality relationship of unconditional love, care and support with a young person who needs a positive role model.

Each week you might find yourselves muffin baking, movie watching, scrapbooking, shopping, walking the dog, chilling in the house or playing some video games. All these activities help develop your relationship. Through these activities and over time you can make a big difference for a young person and their whānau.

  • Upside volunteer are positive role models
  • Older than 18 years
  • Hold a full NZ drivers licence and a car with a current WOF and rego
  • Have 2+ hours each week for at least 12 months to make a difference in a young person's life
  • Able to attend a training session to be approved as an Upside mentor
  • A Police background check is required for the safety of the young people we care for 

There are three eco-systems or hubs of support across Auckland including Central South (Mt Wellington), Central West (Avondale) and North (North Shore). Each of the young people (aged 9 - 13) we journey with have been referred to us by schools who believe a positive role model is what this young person needs to help navigate their current challenges.

Your mentoring relationship will be supported by our experienced Mentoring Coordinators. You won't be alone out there. We support over 100 mentoring relationships each year and there are loads of events and an annual camp to connect with other mentors and young people too. Also, training, monthly supervision and ongoing support is available and recommended to all our mentors.

Either drop us an email (via the form) or reach out on 09 361 1088.

"If [you're] considering [mentoring], I would just say, 'DO IT!'
It's actually not such a big thing in your life, but it makes a HUGE difference to a young person's life, and a young person who really needs some friends, someone else in their life to support them and be there cheering them on."
- Danielle, mentor