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Building confidence in boyhood
Usually young girls are the focus of self-confidence building: the societal pressures of ideal body types, the pressure to be consistently ‘nice’ and ‘liked’, as well as restrictive gender roles all heavily contribute to a low self-image. Studies have even been done on how girls’ self-esteem plunges during puberty. A lack of self-confidence can follow...
Boys to (better) men: Boys don’t need fathers – they need positive male role models
Many South African boys, especially those from vulnerable communities, live in a home without a father – according to Statistics South Africa’s 2016 Community Survey, 64% of households have an absent biological father. While some studies show that fatherless children – boys in particular – experience issues like behavioural problems, poor academic performance, and drug...
How education can redefine what it means to be a man
The Good Men Project defines toxic masculinity as “the cultural ideal of manliness”; men are seen as strong, both physically and emotionally, while so-called feminine characteristics, such as emotional vulnerability, are seen as ‘weak’. But what if we looked at masculinity differently – and taught boys that it’s okay to be in touch with their...
Confident boys make better men
Many studies have linked violence in men to low self-esteem, and while self-esteem issues aren’t necessarily a predictor of violence, the roots of violent behaviour are often found in how men see themselves. According to a 2006 paper published in the South African Crime Quarterly, aggression in men is often linked to an insecure self-image,...
Ending gender-based violence in South Africa starts with boys
  A woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa, and many are assaulted and raped before their death. Some of these casualties made headlines this year: Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19, was raped and killed by a male post office employee; boxing champion Leighandre Jegels was killed by her ex-boyfriend who had a protection order against...
Mentor A Boy Child hosts a workshop in Johannesburg
On the 31 August 2019, Mentor a Boy Child hosted their first workshop with the first cohort for 2019. The boys from Phafogang High School in Soweto, came in high spirits and were treated to stimulating conversations and inspirational talks by successful men who come from a similar environment as them. They were also taught...
Mentor A Boy Child launch successful
Mentor A Boy Child was successfully launched to the media, potential donors and partners on Wednesday 19th June 2019. The well-organised event that was professionally put together to demonstrate to the attendees the strength and the credibility of the ‘new’ organisation, was attended by the who’s who of media and notable successful business people whom...
Mentor A Boy Child to launch to media, potential donors, partners and other stakeholders
Following almost two years of registration and building of the organisation’s foundation, Mentor A Boy Child is set to officially launch to all its stakeholders. The event marks an important milestone for the organisation as the founders and the board believe it has built all the necessary processes and systems to ensure it is a...
Mentor A Boy Child hosts their first event on Youth Day
Mentor A boy Child hosted their first event in Diepkloof Hall in Soweto on Youth Day June 16 2017, to announce their formation and to conduct a test event to establish the basis for such an organisation. About a hundred young men arrived at this venue to hear from successful men from across walks of...


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