BGI (Wellington Boys’ and Girls’ Institute)

BGI (Wellington Boys’ and Girls’ Institute) received funding in our 2020 Wainuiomata grant round to support their Challenge for Change programme. Challenge for Change is BGI’s early intervention mentoring programme. Over the course of a full year, they help young people aged between 9 and 13 to develop self-belief and valuable life skills. Each young person is matched with a passionate volunteer mentor.. They work as positive role models, enabling mentees to identify their unique needs, talents, interests, and styles of learning. During one-on-one engagements, a balance of fun and deeper connection, and monthly group events, young people learn to build and nurture relationships with peers, whānau, and their wider communities.