3 Kapu Kawhe

ABOUT 3 KAPU KAWHE

3 Kapu Kawhe is a short-term mentoring programme that pairs ethnically diverse young leaders at the formative stage of their career (mentees) with experienced New Zealand executives and directors (mentors) for 3 life changing conversations. 

Pairs meet three times a year for one-hour long conversations in a relaxed meeting space, preferably at a local cáfe. Mentors guide, advise and empower mentees to identify career goals and possibilities, develop the confidence and know-how to thrive in the professional workplace, and gain valuable leadership insights.

In turn, mentees pay it forward by mentoring 3 highly-promising senior high school students, with an emphasis on students from lower decile schools. Pairs meet three times a year for one-hour long conversations in a relaxed meeting space, preferably at a local cáfe. Mentorship will centre around guiding, advising and empowering mentees to unlock their full academic, leadership and future potential.

By the end of the programme, we hope that both mentors and mentees leave with increased professional and/or cultural insights and awareness, broadened worldviews and networks, and deeper empathy.

PURPOSE

  • To address the equity gap in representation across higher leadership in Aotearoa;
  • To support, empower and invest in highly-promising young leaders of diverse backgrounds, many of whom will be the first in their families to navigate the professional workplace;
  • To support, empower and invest in highly-promising high school seniors of diverse backgrounds, many of whom have yet to unlock their full leadership potential;
  • To build Aotearoa’s pipeline of ethnically diverse future leaders;
  • To further cultural intelligence, empathy and understanding;
  • To provide opportune conditions for real-life unconscious bias training;
  • To increase social cohesion; and
  • To profile and feature those executives and directors who are committed to supporting ethnically diverse rangatahi on our website.

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KEY DATES

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Applications Open for Mentees and Highschool Mentees

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Applications Close for Mentees and Highschool Mentees

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Application Review Process

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Applications Open for Mentees and Highschool Mentees

Monday 10 January 2022

Applications Close for Mentees and Highschool Mentees

Friday 4 March 2022

Application Review Process

Saturday 5 March – Saturday 19 March 2022

Pairs Notified

Sunday 20 March 2022

Programme Formally Begins

 22 March 2022

Programme Graduation Celebration

March 2023

MENTEE SELECTION PROCESS

Mentees are selected via a comprehensive application process which involves completing a written application and submitting a personal statement, resume and Letter of Recommendation. Mentees must be Multiethnic Young Leaders NZ Full Members or Corporate Members between the ages of 18 and 35, and we encourage those from non-traditional fields and industries to apply as well. Please note that we do not rank candidates, nor do we cap the number of applicants that fulfill our requirements. Should there be an excess number of qualified applicants, we will select mentees via ballot. We may use quotas to ensure a diversified pool of mentees are selected.


Highschool mentees are also selected via a comprehensive application process which involves completing a written application and submitting a personal statement. Please note that we do not rank candidates, nor do we cap the number of applicants that fulfill our requirements. Should there be an excess number of qualified applicants, we will select highschool mentees via ballot. We may use quotas to ensure a diversified pool of highschool mentees are selected. Preference will be given to students from ethnically-diverse, lower decile schools and first-generation university students.

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Open to Full or Corporate MYLN Members Only

Open to senior high school students in years 11, 12 and 13

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