Could Foundation Steps Be Right for You?
When it was suggested to Avondale College Year 13 student Christyanna Saufoi (pictured right with mentor, Rosemary Johnson) to look at getting involved Foundation Steps, she thought she would see what it was all about.
Foundation Steps is a two-year mentoring programme facilitated by First Foundation. Secondary school students are matched with a mentor, who offers guidance, advice, and support to the student as they transition from high school to university.
Christyanna met her mentor Rosemary Johnson for the first time at First Foundation’s meet and greet for new Foundation Steps students and mentors on Tuesday night. The 16-year-old says she was not sure what to expect initially and she was nervous about meeting her mentor and taking part in the programme.
“My aim is to keep an open-mind throughout mentoring and learn as much as possible,” Christyanna says. “I am hoping to develop a good relationship with my mentor and know they have my back. I also hope to improve my learning capability ahead of university.”
Christyanna has ambitions of attending the University of Auckland to study education or social work. As part of Foundation Steps, Christyanna and Rosemary will meet once a month, and attend workshops together.
For Rosemary, who is in the coaching business already, becoming a mentor will give her a chance to follow her passion of coaching and helping people pursue their dreams in life. “This is my first time mentoring, although I have always been interested in it,” Rosemary says. “My aim is to be of use to this young lady, to help her achieve her dreams, to be a good listener, an enabler, and a facilitator.”
Rosemary says she struggled with the transition from high school to university and has also returned to university as a mature student, which had its own challenges. She hopes her experiences can help Christyanna with her journey to tertiary education.
Visit www.firstfoundation.org.nz/foundation-steps for more information or www.firstfoundation.org.nz/become-a-mentor if you are interested in mentoring a student.
“I am hoping to develop a good relationship with my mentor and know they have my back. I also hope to improve my learning capability ahead of university.”