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How Do I Become a Mentor?

Updated: Jul 12

Your Path to Mentorship with Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou

Mentors and mentees at Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou event
"I was looking for a way to help people, but I wanted to do something that involved active helping – not just donating money or goods. The programme has opened up my view of the world. I have grown a lot since I met Michael (his mentee). The whole point of Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou is giving kids a chance."

- Cameron, a current mentor.


What it Means to Be a Mentor?

Mentoring is a powerful way to impact the lives of children whose parents are incarcerated. In Aotearoa, there are an estimated 17,000 tamariki with a parent in prison. Children of incarcerated parents are 9.5 times more likely to go to prison themselves. Our mentoring programme aims to break this intergenerational cycle and help tamariki create positive futures.

Here’s what being a mentor involves:

  • Being a Trustworthy Supporter: You become the askable, trusted supporter that tamariki have been missing.

  • Setting Goals: Help create a positive vision for the future.

  • Building Confidence: Foster self-worth in children.

There are 5,000 children in South Auckland alone with a parent in prison, many of whom are waiting to be matched with mentors.

What’s Required to Be a Mentor?

How do I get matched with a mentee?

How Do I Become a Mentor?


Ready to Make a Difference?

Becoming a mentor with Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou is a life-changing experience for both you and the children you support. If you’re ready to take the next step, book a mentor information session today and start your ara hou (new path) towards making a profound impact on the lives of our tamariki and their whānau.


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