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Wakatipu Youth Trust

  • Mar 7,2019

Voting Code: WYTT

Wakatipu Youth Trust

Wakatipu Youth Trust needs $30,000 to provide FREE MENTORING SERVICES for people between the ages of 12 and 20 years in the Wakatipu.

Mike King’s recent “‘I AM HOPE” campaign resonates with us in a very poignant way at Wakatipu Youth Trust. We see our young people struggling more than ever to navigate their lives and maintain or gain mental health and well-being.

Like the I AM HOPE campaign, we believe good mental health support for our most vulnerable young people, who often need help with a multitude of influences and impacts on their lives, should be free and easy to access.

WYT 3Here is some feedback from a young person who recently received mentoring:

“Being mentored helped me with my people skills and social anxiety.  Working with a Youth Worker on a weekly basis was a massive help and I have achieved a lot of my goals, e.g. talking to someone when I was emotional and letting go of things that had built up at school and with friends, I was able to confidently talk to my mentor about what was going on and figure out what was the best thing to do in these situations. Mentoring built up my confidence.”   

Mentee, Year level 11

 There have been some major changes in our community as it’s grown. In particular, increases in domestic and family violence, overcrowded housing, income inequality, mental health issues, poverty, isolation, youth anxiety, parents working multiple jobs and gaps between families’ needs and what social services provide.  All these cause stress for our young people.  Many local families have little support.


Mentoring is a proven, effective vehicle to encourage positive youth development. But there is no government or other funding for it.

Please support our project to provide much needed mentoring services for our community’s young people!  

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