The main objective of Empower is to address the underrepresentation of refugees and other marginalised students in higher education in New Zealand. Participants will be encouraged to pursue meaningful careers of their choice.
At its core, Empower facilitates a mentoring partnership between participants. Empower is responsible for ensuring this relationship is successful in that both parties are working towards a common goal.
In order to support participants to achieve their goals and aspirations, Empower offers two main programmes:
- Peer-to-peer mentoring
The aims of the workshops are to introduce participants to a wide range of services and skills that will be useful as they move to higher education or toward a career. Skills may be social, practical, or learning based. The peer-to-peer mentoring sessions will act as a follow up and parallel programme to the workshops to ensure mentees are putting these skills to use and to expand on any areas of need.
How it works: Mentees
1. Apply: Apply online or through school
2. Confirmation of enrolment: Mentee or mentee’s caregiver receives a confirmation text
3. Matching: We will review the mentee’s application and match them with a mentor. The following factors may also be taken into account: similar interests, similar career or study aspirations, location, and hobbies as well as any other factors we may deem appropriate.
4. Orientation and Launch: Mentees will meet their mentor at a combined orientation.
How it works: Mentors
1. Apply online: Mentor completes the online application form
2. Background check: The mentor must send us confirmation that they have submitted a Request for Criminal Conviction History from the Ministry of Justice. A screenshot of the confirmation email they receive when they have done this must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as evidence. Please follow this link:
3. CV: Please send your CV to email@example.com
4. Interview: An Empower team member will be in contact with the mentor to schedule a group interview.
5. Referees: We will be in contact with the two referees the mentor provides.
6. Mentor Training Session: Before being matched with a mentee, mentors will attend a training day.
7. Matching: We will review the mentor’s application and match them with a mentee. The following factors may also be taken into account: similar interests, similar career or study aspirations, location, and hobbies as well as any other factors we may deem appropriate.
8. Orientation and Launch: Mentors will meet their mentee at a combined orientation.