MATES™

Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme

MATES provides selected school students who have the potential to achieve, but are at risk of underachievement, with a friendly university mentor/tutor, to raise levels of aspiration and achievement, and to provide the listening ear young people need.

Joseph Wolfgramm from De La Salle College, now at University of Auckland

MAKING IT HAPPEN

"After a lifetime in education, including wonderful years as Principal of two secondary schools, I would consider MATES one of the highlights of my life. It is one of the best educational programmes I have ever been involved with. The results are just staggering, with university enrollments from the MATES schools at about three times the average for decile one to three schools."

Colin Prentice on his retirement as Schools Director, The University of Auckland

MATES – Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme

MATES provides selected school students who have the potential to achieve, but are at risk of underachievement, with a friendly university mentor/tutor, to raise levels of aspiration and achievement, and to provide the listening ear young people need.

 

MATES, which was established in New Zealand by Great Potentials and  first piloted in 2002, has for the past decade demonstrated equity-promoting and effective outcomes.

Whilst there are a number of worthy youth mentoring programmes available in New Zealand, what differentiates MATES is the inclusion of tutoring.  Research has shown that the combination of mentoring and tutoring increases academic achievement, raises aspirations, and enhances self-confidence for those at risk of underachieving.

MATES is unique and distinctive in New Zealand because:

Based on the tremendous success of the MATES Senior programme, which enables students from low-decile schools to succeed in examinations and enter demanding University degree courses, Great Potentials established its MATES Junior programme in 2008.

In MATES Junior university students and teacher trainees mentor and tutor intermediate school students during the critically important transition from primary or intermediate to secondary school. Research indicates that well-targeted support at this stage is vital.

 

The MATES Office at the University of Auckland can be found in Room 412, Level 4 (Next to Craccum), Student Union Building, Alfred Street.

 

MATES News

AMP Foundation invests in MATES

Great Potentials is delighted to announce AMP Foundation as a Major Partner through its sponsorship of the MATES Senior Programme for 2012.

AMP Foundation’s investment has enabled tertiary students to continue to provide inspiration (through MATES Senior) to secondary students from low-decile Auckland schools.

AMP Foundation representative, Veronica Ruddenklau, noted that the Foundation strongly believed in the importance of MATES.

“AMP Foundation is proud to support the MATES programme, which is achieving great results for disadvantaged young people in Auckland.”

Great Potentials’ CEO, Dame Lesley Max says the sponsorship by AMP Foundation is a “great gift to the young people of Auckland and a wonderful start to the 2012 year.

“We are deeply grateful to AMP Foundation for recognising the importance and potential of MATES.”

 

How do I get involved?

If you would like to find out more about becoming a mentor, please email

MATES Schools 2013

Mates Senior

Alfriston College
Aorere College
Auckland Girls Grammar School
De La Salle College
Kelston Boys High School
One Tree Hill College
Onehunga High School
Massey High School
Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate
Southern Cross Senior School
Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae

Mates Junior

Manurewa Intermediate School

MATES RESULTS …

SEE HOW MATES MEASURES UP