The proof's in the pudding

A letter from a mother

Evidence | September 30th, 2020

Hi, my name is Jenna and my daughter is currently engaged with a mentor from Upside. We were given the opportunity to engage with Upside last year and what a difference it has made for us.

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New Partnership  Whangaparoa :)

New Partnership Whangaparoa :)

News | September 29th, 2020

Upside is proud to be partnering with Coast Mentoring to deliver mentoring to young people on the Whangaparoa Peninsula.

The 'third relational space'

The 'third relational space'

Evidence | September 28th, 2020

Mentors negotiate a ‘third relational space’ In the recent thematic analysis of 48 Upside interviews and 297 pages of transcriptions, AUT researchers found that Upside mentors have a unique relationship with the young person.

News Alert ! 'The Spinoff' Article

News Alert ! 'The Spinoff' Article

News | September 1st, 2020

Click here to read an inspiring write up by Leonie Hayden from The Spinoff news agency.

Radio New Zealand interview Upside

Radio New Zealand interview Upside

News | August 27th, 2020

Radio New Zealand host Jesse Mulligan spent 10 minutes with Upside CEO Dave Robertson to talk about how we have adapted to the new Covid world.

Thanks for saving camp!

Thanks for saving camp!

News | August 2nd, 2020

In case you missed it, COVID-19 means we lost about $100,000 in funding. And so an epic mentor, Link, went on a mission to save camp!

Record numbers of mentor applications

Record numbers of mentor applications

News | July 3rd, 2020

Despite COVID-19, we've had a record number of mentor applications this year and are so excited to have our training days back up and running.

How lockdown affected the Upside community

How lockdown affected the Upside community

News | June 22nd, 2020

"During a crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak, families need their immediate, basic needs, food, housing and responsive relationships met before they can focus on anything else.” Harvard University, Centre on the Developing Child

$10,000 of dental work donated, one life changed

$10,000 of dental work donated, one life changed

Stories | May 7th, 2020

Andrew from Symonds Street Dental and Rachel from Eden Orthodontics generously donated free dental and orthodontic work to a young person for as long as they needed it. This came to about $10,000 worth of work!

We're building a new normal for connection

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.

"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."