Upside Youth Mentoring

Upside exists 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 1,000 matches and 6,000 hours of mentoring a year, we’ve seen time and time again the life-changing effects of this connection.

We work with young people aged 9-13 years old who have been referred to us from schools, (via principals, counsellors, and Learning Support Coordinators) who believe a positive role model is what this young person needs to help navigate their current challenges. 

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.