About UsWelcome. My name is Ross McCook and along with my wife Susan, we are the proud founding directors of Heart For Youth Charitable Trust (H4Y). H4Y was founded in 2012 and quickly gained momentum in creating fantastic life changing influence into the lives of youth and young adults in our city and beyond. We are truly excited about this venture and H4Y is well supported by an outstanding board of Trustees and an ever growing group of volunteers and mentors – many of whom are professionals specialising and aligned with the needs of youth/ young adults in our communities.
We are now networked with over 50 different agencies and organisations that support vulnerable youth – in particular those effected by family violence and social isolation. I have over two decades of experience working with and connecting with youth in NZ and overseas. We are current caregivers with special needs youth and we are both registered CYFS caregivers. I am a trained youth mentor and also currently (and proudly) hold the position for trainer/ facilitator for the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network http://www.youthmentoring.org.nz. We align ourselves strongly with the NZYMN and fully implement their initiative of “Safe and Effective Practice Guidelines for Youth Mentoring in Aotearoa 2016”. We are simply passionate about helping the youth of our Nation to see them grow into mature, fulfilled adults – and in turn, passing that same passion onto those young adults as they go and grow!
It seems of late, you won’t go a week without seeing images and hearing stories of our youth and young adults fighting some huge battles with family/whanau breakdown, suicide, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, bullying and social isolation. We’re all aware of NZ’s shameful statistics in these areas.
Changing those statistics and providing real ‘on-the-ground’ support for youth is what we’re all about. We have an awesome team that is dedicated to connecting mentors with those who need a helping hand inclusive of all youth to help overcome these very real challenges.