Working together is working smarter. Where our values line up with the people we work with and for, we can make even more difference for the young people we work with. Here are some agencies that we partner with:
24/7 youthwork operates out of most high schools in Christchurch. If the child you are looking for a mentor for, is high school aged, you are better to contact them although their mentoring is more unstructured than Big Brothers Big Sisters.
"We believe in young people. We want to see young people enjoy their high school years and build a great foundation to launch themselves into adult life... Young New Zealanders need more time spent with them. They need more listening, more encouraging and more “hanging in there”. More people who can be there for them. It requires an approach based on relationships not programmes. It encompasses role modelling, being accessible to young people and being around to help young people make good choices." Couldn't have said it better!
Based in Spreydon, youth Workers and counselors work with vulnerable children, youth and their families through various programmes in local schools after school clubs and camps. Most of their children are referred through schools or other agencies.Their main aim is to improve school attendance, family and peer connections and help young people to make good choices which will benefit them and their community.
Grace Vineyard has two churches in Christchurch. Their city campus provided the initiative to start mentoring in Phillipstown School in 2007 and has since provided about 50 mentors for our programme.
The programme run by the children's charity Pillars is designed to support children and families of prisoners. Their aim is to assist these children in getting the support services needed to help prevent intergenerational offending and imprisonment. Children of prisoners need hope and guidance to grow up to be healthy adults. They provide a very similar mentoring programme to Big Brothers Big Sisters and we love what they do!
St Andrew’s College, a fully-independent, co-educational school for pre-school to Year 13 day and boarding students. At St Andrew’s, proud Scottish Presbyterian traditions and values, academic rigour, and exceptional sporting, cultural and leadership opportunities combine for an education that is truly world class and a life experience that is unforgettable. Recently the school has offered its support to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Working with families and schools to support children's growth and achievement, STAND social workers work out of local low decile primary schools and help to find the children most in need of mentoring in Christchurch. Without their work, we would not have access to these children.
Youth Alive serves children and young people in New Brighton through many different programmes and are in contact with hundreds of young people every week. By providing safe, fun, inspiring and challenging programmes, they want to see young people grow holistically – a place they find community.
They're just over the bridge and so it makes sense to work closely together. If you have a child or want to become a mentor from the Waimakariri district, contact the team out there to find out more.
There are 14 Big Brothers Big Sisters nationwide and this number increases each year. All of these agencies and the national office can be contacted through the national website.