Every boy without someone to call Dad deserves a positive male role model to spend time with. In just a few hours each week Big Buddies help boys grow confidence, self-worth and the ability to make better life choices. If you'd like to make a difference, apply to become a mentor today.

Becoming a mentor

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Taking the first step to becoming a Big Buddy is not only a step towards bettering one boys’ life, it is a step to bettering their family's life and that of the community around them. For young men right through to retirement, mentoring boys without dads is a practical, affordable and accessible way to make the world a better and safer place.

It’s amazing to think that this occurs simply by showing up in a boy’s life for 2-3 hours a week for at least one year. But we know from surveys, case studies and research that a little regular time with a man of good character goes a very long way.

Jonathan and Kevin fish n chips picnic

Ready to make a difference? Have a quick look at our checklist then hit the red button.

  • You have a drivers licence
  • You have a kind heart and the time to share it for a few hours each week
  • You live in the Waikato, Auckland or Wellington

Mentoring for over 20 years

Big Buddy has been matching mentors with fatherless boys since the idea began in 1997. Under what was then ‘Man Alive’, social workers realised that the majority of men on the wrong side of the law had grown up without any father figure. To prevent the repetition of this social problem, Big Buddy was born.

By mid 2018 we had matched over 800 Big Buddies with Little Buddies to create a feeling of confidence and value in a boy’s life, simply by being there.

A young man now, one-time Little Buddy Jordan was matched with Big Buddy Nathan for years. Jordan now has his own children, but he and Nathan are still in touch. Watch the video and hear about mentoring from a boy whose life it really changed.

Mentoring changes lives

"Big Buddy is definitely one of the best things that has happened in my life. It has given me a new direction. Even though I have children of my own, this is a whole new way of looking at life and one that I totally embrace and enjoy. I couldn't recommend it more, to all men out there ..."   Big Buddy Gavin Sheehan

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