Maopa Tevi is crediting the YWCA Auckland Future Leaders programme with teaching her some valuable life lessons.
The year 12 Onehunga High School student has been with the programme for two and a half years and says her mentor Katie Noble has been a fantastic influence.
"She's taught me to just be me in everything I do."
The leadership programme sees a young woman paired with a mentor and attend activities such as an annual leadership forum, camps and participate in creative activities.
Ms Noble has travelled with Maopa, 16, to Wellington and Queenstown, a new experience for the teen who had never been on a plane.
Mentors and students check in with each other once a fortnight and meet face-to-face monthly.
Students from decile one to four schools can participate in the programme.
Participants enter in year 10 and graduate when they are set to leave high school.
Mentors benefit as well, Ms Noble says.
"I've learnt things and gotten pleasure out of it just as much as Maopa. I feel like I'm doing something worthwhile."
Contact Marnie McManus at email@example.com, or on 09 370 0113, or visit akywca.org.nz for more information on becoming a mentor.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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