Over 1000 Tips and Strategies to Encourage Youth to Achieve Greatness

Over 1000 ideas, including activities for mentors to do with mentees, have been gathered from a variety of mentoring programs. Wherever possible, encourage the mentee to make suggestions about things to do. This is in line with the developmental aspect of youth mentoring. However, mentors might need a few ideas to suggest and the list that follows the information about the new EBooks gives a taste of the content of The Spirit of Mentoring series. The Ebooks containing these topics and heaps of other resources were launched in the new Spirit of Mentoring series in October 2020.


The Spirit of Mentoring series.

FREE EBook 1: 167 Fun ideas and More Tips and Strategies to Encourage Youth – published in October 2020

FREE EBook 2: 160 More Strategies, Tips and True Stories to Encourage Youth – published in October 2020

EBook 3: 234 Discussion topics and More Tips and Strategies to Encourage Youth – published in October 2020.

FREE EBook 4: 60 New Mentoring Messages to Encourage Youth – published in January 2021. My recently published book, Mentoring Minutes: Weekly Messages to Encourage  Anyone Working with Youth had additional fifty messages which were not published. These will be edited and updated, with more youth mentoring tips and strategies added, as 60 New Mentoring Messages are created.

EBook 5: 7 STEPS PLAN: A Proven Framework to Guide Youth to Reach Their Potential – published in April 2021. I have mentored and coached over 1000 teenagers to strive to reach their potential. In this EBbook I share the ‘7 Steps’ approach which effectively motivates and inspires most (not all) youth to reach their potential which I have used, updated and adapted during the past forty years. .


  1. Set your mentoring goals together
  2. Help with some homework
  3. Make dinner together
  4. Participate in a Fun Run/Walk together
  5. Go out for a meal together
  6. Make popcorn and talk
  7. Go to a movie
  8. Pick fruit
  9. Go to a concert
  10. Go to the library
  11. Go to the theatre
  12. Visit a car museum
  13. Go to the swimming pools
  14. Go to the beach
  15. Visit a major harbor (where applicable)
  16. Go to the gym
  17. Play computer games
  18. Discuss responsible use of a mobile phone and how to handle text bullying in a responsible way.
  19. Visit your workplace
  20. Talk about planning a career
  21. Get together with friends from work
  22. Take tours of friends’ jobs
  23. Visit a tertiary institution
  24. Work on a Resume or C.V.
  25. Visit the SPCA
  26. Go rollerblading
  27. Go to an indoor climbing wall
  28. Go to the museum
  29. Visit an art gallery
  30. Do a personality test (on the computer)





The Barnabas Prayer is available in NEW ZEALAND only for a special price of NZ$16.50 (including postage and handling), otherwise through Wipf and Stock and Amazon (also on Kindle). In New Zealand contact Robin. He will send you an invoice. Once this is paid the book will be sent to you – normally within 24 hours of receipt of payment.

The Barnabas Prayer (also available on Amazon) is a short user-friendly book which follows the significant role that Barnabas – mentor to Saul – played in the emergence of the early Church. We consider some of the key qualities of a servant leader as we journey with Barnabas. Over 100 ideas to inspire and motivate readers to make a positive difference in their communities. Reflections, tips to improve and develop our leadership and coaching skills, and memorable quotes are all included in this guide on how to use our God-given gifts and talents in the post COVID-19 world. The ‘spirit of mentoring’ theme is woven through all the sections of the book.