Mentoring ignites the power of young people, so they can reach their full potential.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawke’s Bay provides professionally supported, one-to-one mentor relationships to children aged 6 – 12 years (up to the age of 18).

Mentoring often happens naturally in society however, not all children have this privilege.  We believe that every child deserves a mentor and champion in their life – a positive adult role model outside of their existing support structure.  Mentors challenge young people to explore new opportunities and ideas for their own futures, giving them the confidence that they are supported along the way.

The impact of mentoring also extends far beyond the young person and their mentor. Research has shown the ripple effect of mentoring positively benefits up to 10 people outside of the mentor relationship, including siblings, parents and school peers.

With the support from Trust House we have been able to expand our programme and help more children in Flaxmere by matching them with vetted, trained and professionally supported volunteer mentors.  These strong connections built over a long term mentoring match enable young people to increase their sense of belonging, self-worth and resilience.  With greater self-belief, young people have the opportunity to unlock their potential, creating more fulfilled and connected lives and contributing positively to their community.

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