Brothers in Arms exists to bring hope and life-changing relationship to marginalised young people through quality, long term relationships.
Brothers in Arms (BIA) was established in 2006 to reach the needs of at-risk and vulnerable young people, through providing positive role models in the form of mentors. It started when a group of friends from East Auckland, who wanted to make a difference in their local community, decided to volunteer. They spent quality time with a group of Glen Innes boys and girls who were involved with youth justice, and the trusted relationships they formed had positive and far-reaching implications. It was out of this that Brothers In Arms was formed.
BIA was established as a registered charitable trust, with the support and direction of Dr John Newman and Bill Grayson. The programme was informed by international mentoring research, and has since been adapted to work within the Aotearoa context. Initially established in the East Auckland area, BIA has grown organically to include Central, South, North and West Auckland, as well as working through a partnership in Snells Beach.
Our core belief is in the difference that mentors can make in the lives of young people at risk. We exist to grow positive relationships between mentors and young people to help ensure these lead to positive life change.