Thanks for considering referring a young person to Brothers in Arms. We are a provider of one-on-one mentoring for at-risk youth, aiming to create connections between youth and positive role models, and through these positive connections to build resiliency and security.
We work with young people aged 9-15, both male and female, and cover the wider Auckland area.
Our criteria for ‘at-risk’ :
- Issues at home with dysfunctional families
- Low-medium level offending
- Gang-affiliated role models
- Low self-esteem, suicidal tendencies
- Behavioural issues
- Lack of positive role models
- Longevity (a relationship of minimum one year)
- Regularity (weekly hang outs)
- Intensity (2-3 hours each time)
- Connectedness (between the mentor, mentee and families)
What sets Brothers in Arms apart?
- In order to form trust, Brothers in Arms focuses on relationships versus a ‘programme’
- Our mentors are all volunteers
- We require a one year commitment of our mentors
- Our mentors are well-supported and valued by our organisation
- Comprehensive vetting and training
- Regular supervision/catch-ups with their Kaitautoko
- Regular group events with mentors and mentees
- Counselling encouraged and funded for volunteers dealing with difficult issues
Referring Party completes referrers agreement (see Referrers Pack)
Referring party (YOU) completes referral form, having gained verbal consent of the young person and their caregiver
We interview the young person and caregiver and confirm their consent, commitment and fit
Young person is matched with a BIA mentor
Have a read of our Referrers Pack for more details.