Become a mentor

Become a mentor

Join our team of over 160 mentors in Auckland, Rodney, Tauranga and Whangaparaoa, and change a young person's life this year.

Apply today
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How it works for 12 months

2 hours

A week hanging out with a young person

1-2 hours

A month for mentor supervision

6 events

Over the year (including camp!!)

The application process

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  1. Read this information pack

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  3. Complete the online application (10-15 minutes)

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  5. Our team will get in touch with you to discuss next steps

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  7. We’ll meet you for an interview to get to know you better

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  9. We’ll talk to your referees and complete a police check

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  11. Once all the paperwork is sorted we’ll get you in for an induction and training

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  13. We’ll go with you to meet the young person and their whānau

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  15. Time to hang out, and spending quality time together each week having fun!

Inside Upside Youth Mentor Training: A Sneak Peek

Evidence , News | August 31st, 2023

“This training experience is unlike any other, I felt "speechless" like I had been invited into the Upside home, sharing stories and kai over the thing we love most, which is transforming the lives of our young people.

5 Epic Reasons to Volunteer as a Youth Mentor in New Zealand

Evidence | May 15th, 2023

Despite statistics showing a decline in youth crime over the years, many young people are…

Meet the mentors


Emma, 35
IT Director | Kayaks with her puppy


Andrew, 66
Retired Chemical Engineer | Country music fan


Jeni, 32
Communications Manager | Poaches eggs perfectly


Alex, 29
Water Engineer | Had his own radio show


Peter, 41
Account Manager | Loud tone deaf singer


Louise, 47
Head of Employer Brand and Internal Communications


Kyle, 32
Area Manager | Scared of heights but did the biggest water dunk bungee in the country

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Jamie, 39
Specialist Teacher (RTLB) | Met her now-husband at an Upside camp

Keen to change lives but can't mentor this year?

Here are two other ways to be part of the mahi.