Navigating the cultural adaptation of a youth mentoring programme through Pacific waters
There is mounting evidence that youth mentoring can be a transformative community initiative enhancing the lives of those being mentored as well as those who mentor. This may explain why mentoring has grown in popularity internationally, and why there is growing interest in scaling up effective programmes to benefit diverse communities.
Effective programs are those that are borne out of local needs, designed and implemented to address these needs and informed by evidence-based principles and robust research. Campus Connections (CC), developed by Colorado State University, is one such programme and its success has resulted in increased demand, including in the vastly different cultural context of Aotearoa. Using CC as a vehicle, the presenters will share their journey of culturally adapting CC to meet the needs of the local context; and through the workshop provide an interactive opportunity for participants to explore how these learnings might be applied to their own initiatives.