Why boys need mentors
When we refer to fatherless boys, we mean boys who have no contact, or no regular contact, with their dads. The reasons why that father is not around doesn’t matter to us, but how we can help make his son’s life better does matter.
Mums, aunties and grans do a courageous job of rearing boys alone. But women aren't able ‘model’ the maleness that is proven to teach boys how to become men. In psychological terms, modelling means what a person learns from watching and being around others.
Big Buddy provides this framework by matching boys with a male mentor for roughly 2-3 hours a week for at least one year. We’ve found over time that the hunger boys have for recognition and attention from a man is satisfied in this short, focused space of time. Mum’s tell us their boys are more content, more confident and overall happier people.
How do we get started?
Rest assured that we are consistently recruiting and rigorously screening men from the community to become trusted mentors. At the same time, we’re spending time with mums and boys so we can carefully match Big and Little Buddy’s personalities and interests. We focus on creating ‘matches’ that bring out the best in boys.
Once you contact us, we’ll find out a little more about each other, then make time to meet you and your boy. We'll find out enough about you both to hopefully get started on finding the right Big Buddy for you.
Big Buddy is a charitable trust that carries out this important work funded by sponsors, funders and donors throughout New Zealand. Because of this generosity, there is no charge of any kind to Big and Little Buddies and their families. Becoming part of the Big Buddy community would make a huge difference to your boy’s life and one of the amazing things about it is…it’s free.
We help mums, carers, social agencies and even schools find mentors for their boys
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