"My Mentor helped me to be more responsible and strong. In the States, they call this kind of person a TOUGH COOKIE."
Mentors are a Critical Lifeline
South African teens must navigate a challenging, sometimes perilous landscape every day, often with little adult guidance. HIV/AIDS and poverty have left 19% of South Africa’s children orphaned; and more than 13 million children are living in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $2 a day. Life in the informal settlements they call home is frequently dangerous. Household hunger is a constant, and financial hardships often result in teens dropping out of school at age 15.
These teens are smart. They know that they are separated from the opportunities of an economy in which others use their education and resources to prosper. The daily stresses of just getting by can lead them to be overwhelmed, depressed, and with little hope for the future.
"My Mentor made me see how the decisions I make now can affect me later."
Infinite Family’s video mentors provide Net Buddy mentees with urgently needed, guidance, understanding, and direction.
Through weekly video mentoring chats, mentors help their Net Buddies improve the skills they need to become self-reliant, to compete in an increasingly technology-driven economy, and to build the future of their dreams.
Mentors from 16 countries and 39 US states mentor Net Buddies living in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Western Cape provinces.