The proof's in the pudding

We're building a new normal for connection

News | March 24th, 2020

As we head into social isolation as a nation, our young people and their whānau need connection more than ever. And we're ready. Our team has been on the phones with our mentors, young people and their whānau over the last few days checking in with our Upside community.

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"Many of the mentors have been with our students through some of the toughest seasons of their lives."

"Many of the mentors have been with our students through some of the toughest seasons of their lives."

Evidence | March 13th, 2020

"We don't know where these young people might have been today had it not been for their relationships with their mentors who have been advocates, supporters, trustworthy confidants, listening ears, voices of wisdom and of immense care."

"At his 16th birthday party were mostly paid professionals involved in his messy childhood."

"At his 16th birthday party were mostly paid professionals involved in his messy childhood."

Stories | February 28th, 2020

At Josh's party was his OT social worker, a social worker from a group home he lived in, his foster mum and one other foster parent. No friends his own age.

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?

Evidence | February 27th, 2020

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are major contributing factors for poor youth development that can lead to negative health and social outcomes in adulthood.

"Invaluable in helping children build a trusting relationship with a positive role model."

"Invaluable in helping children build a trusting relationship with a positive role model."

Evidence | February 26th, 2020

We often get letters from our referrers which remind us why we do what we do.

Video games, butter chicken and learning about triggers

Video games, butter chicken and learning about triggers

Stories | February 26th, 2020

Jackson’s mother suffered from several addictions and due to neglect, Jackson was responsible for his own self-care from a very young age.

“Hannah believes she’s a burden and inherently unlikeable.”

“Hannah believes she’s a burden and inherently unlikeable.”

Stories | February 25th, 2020

“Hannah* believes she’s a burden and inherently unlikeable.” Child Psychologist Hannah was 13 when she was referred to us.

 What makes mentoring relationships work for teenagers?

What makes mentoring relationships work for teenagers?

Evidence | February 21st, 2020

International research tells us successful mentoring relationships with teens include these four things.

"I just feel like I've got colour in my life again."

"I just feel like I've got colour in my life again."

Evidence | February 21st, 2020

We often get letters from our referrers which remind us why we do what we do.

Our very own waiata

Our very own waiata

Stories | November 5th, 2019

In October 2019, we went on our annual camp and wrote our very own waiata, which we then sung around the camp fire together.

Camp 2019 - our best camp ever!

Camp 2019 - our best camp ever!

Stories | October 31st, 2019

Last weekend, 75 of the Upside (then Brothers in Arms) whānau descended on the YMCA Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges for our annual camp, and it was epic!