An initiative to help low decile school students at risk of underachieving is expanding out of Auckland to other parts of the country.
The Mates Mentoring Programme launched in 2012 to pair high school students with tertiary student mentors.
Two Kelston Boys High School students in the programme say they had low career expectations before they met their mentors.
"I was thinking about dropping out earlier this year, i was just going to work in a factory where my dad works," said Tyler Moore.
After a year on the Mates Mentoring programme, Tyler wants to study arboriculture to be an arborist.
Student James Tevaga also set his sights high thanks to help and encouragement from his mentor.
"He's a wonderful guy we both share the same passion of helping people and he's just always been there for me - more of a brother not a mentor."
Mentor Kuru Kae said the changes he sees in some of the boys lives is a "priceless feeling".
The Vodafone Charitable Trust Foundation agrees with Kuru and have injected new funding to extend the programme to other schools around the country.
"It's really important for us to take this proven model that we have that is Auckland based out to other cities with the aim of reaching out to a thousand vulnerable children and youth," said Mates programme manager Shana Malio-Satele.