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Welcome to Youth Empowerment Seminars

Welcome to this user-friendly website created for anyone interested in youth mentoring and encouraging young people to become the best they can be. Despite the New Zealand website, I am actually working as an Associate Head in a School of about 1500 in Queensland, Australia.

A user-friendly, easy to follow book, Letter 2 a Teen - Becoming the Best I can Be can be purchased on this website. We are living in a Digital Age and so many young people are not learning about the importance of developing skills to enjoy meaningful relationships. They have no idea how to set attainable goals and the importance of doing so, especially during their adolescent journey. This book has many many tips and ideas to encourage young people to become the best they can be, all of which I can vouch for from coaching and mentoring more than 1000 teenagers in a 1:1 relationship over many years.

You might also want to check out the 30 Tips for the Adolescent Journey, useful tips for both Mentors and parents, probably teachers too.

Also on this website:

New mentoring books for the training and ongoing training of mentors, youth workers, teacher-mentors and peer mentors published under the Youth Empowerment Seminars banner can be found on this site. (Click here) This includes the book, The Spirit of Mentoring - a manual for adult volunteers

A Blog Page outlines my experiences setting up and running a School Based Mentoring Program in three High Schools in Western Sydney, Australia in 2007/08 -  GR8 MATES youth mentoring program  The pilot included an e-mentoring component.  

Other information available on this website includes:

Please check the bottom of each web page for more information on that particular topic or links to other pages on the website. There is plenty of overlap between mentoring young people and the teacher-mentor pages.

John Wesley left Mentors, the wise guides who voluntarily move alongside our young people and become great, trusted friends, with some inspiring and challenging words as they embark on the mentoring journey:

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can."

To motivate, inspire and encourage young people (with a particular focus on ages 13 to 19) to become the best they can be.

Affirming and encouraging the 'Spirit of Mentoring'; with an outcome where young people are guided and equipped to become the best they can be within the context of a safe, supportive and secure environment.

The YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SEMINARS (YES!) material has been developed in line with the findings of international and Australasian research about young people. This research suggests that deep down most young people would like:
  •     To be cared for (loved)

         They need to feel safe and secure.

         The more they are cared for, the more secure they feel.

         They need to be surrounded by people who care for, appreciate and accept them unconditionally.

         They need the positive influences of peers and adults to encourage them to do their best.

         They need to be encouraged to appreciate that they are more likely to become the best they can be when there are clear rules or boundaries in place (some of which can be negotiated). When they step over these boundaries there will be reasonable consequences.

  •    To be valued

         The more they are valued the more positive self-worth they experience.

         They need to be encouraged to feel they have some control over things that happen to them.

         Empowering them will be proof that they are valued, respected, liked and are regarded as valuable resources.

         They need fun time to interact with peers and adults, which involves the development of social skills.

         To know that life has meaning and purpose

         Their lives have significance.

         The more they understand that there is a reason for their existence, the more significant they will feel.

         They need encouragement to explore opportunities within and outside of school to learn and develop new skills and interests.

         They are encouraged to acquire a commitment to learning: academic success and the long-term value of learning will enhance their self-worth as they discover their gifts and talents.

         They need to appreciate and understand how to make the tough decisions and choices; how to cope with new situations.

         They need guidance to develop a positive view of the future.




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