In our pursuit to foster inclusive growth and holistic development, Mothers Without Borders proudly champions not only the aspirations of young girls through our Be That Girl program but also recognizes the invaluable potential within our young boys. These parallel programs, Be That Girl and the Boys Empowerment Program, synergize in their mission to challenge traditional gender norms, fostering an environment where both genders are empowered, valued, and equipped to drive positive change.
NURTURING POTENTIAL: WHAT THE BOYS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM OFFERS
Central to the Boys Empowerment Program is the belief that every young boy possesses boundless potential waiting to be unlocked. Education, mentorship and peer support groups stand as the cornerstones of this journey. Through the program, boys are not only equipped with tools for academic success but are also granted transformative access to secondary and tertiary education. This educational foundation opens doors to broader opportunities and instills a lifelong love for learning and critical thinking.
Alongside this academic emphasis, boys are placed in peer support groups led by mentors enabling boys to connect, share aspirations, and grow alongside other goal-oriented peers, while being taught, guided and supported by a positive role model. By intertwining education with vital life skills, emotional intelligence, gender equality, and self-worth teachings, we aim to mold confident young men who are both compassionate allies to their female counterparts and forward-thinking leaders.
SHINING MOMENTS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FIRST ANNUAL BOYS EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE IN 2023
This year marked a significant milestone for our Boys Empowerment Program. Notably, from an initial cohort of 61 boys, we expanded our reach and impact to include 80 young men. This growth underscores the program’s efficacy and its increasing importance in our community. A pivotal moment was the first-ever Boys Empowerment Conference, a resounding success that brought together participants for insightful discussions, workshops, and inspiring talks from positive and successful role models. From fostering peer connections to delving deep into critical issues facing young men today, the conference served as a pivotal platform, amplifying voices and planting the seeds of change.
One participant’s reflection encapsulated the essence of the program’s impact, emphasizing values like belief, patience, respect, and the transformative journey they embarked upon:
“I learned a lot at the conference. Most importantly, I learned to put God first in all that I do, that I should always believe in myself, have patience in everything that I do, and especially being an agent of change, respect the girl child. I will never look down on myself. I am already changing my family’s story by being the first in the family to sleep in a hotel.”
This heartfelt reflection underscores the transformative impact of the Boys Empowerment Program, not just on individuals but on entire families and communities. It serves as a powerful reminder of the ripple effect of empowerment and the profound change that can be sparked when young men are equipped with the tools, knowledge, and self-belief to carve out brighter futures.
GROWING OUR TEAM: WELCOMING A NEW MENTOR
In our commitment to support and guidance, we expanded our team this year by welcoming an additional mentor to the Boys Empowerment Program. This addition enhances our ability to better support our growing number of participants, ensuring each young boy receives personalized mentorship. Together with our dedicated mentorship team, we are poised to amplify the program’s impact, fostering an environment where every boy can realize his potential.
In 2023, the Boys Empowerment Program had the following impact:
boys empowered in the program
individual youth empowerment mentor visits
bicycles distributed to boys in need of transport to school
JOIN US IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE: SEEKING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
As we celebrate our achievements and the positive change instilled, we remain cognizant of the continued need for support. To sustain and expand our efforts, we are actively seeking additional funding and partnerships. Your contribution can be instrumental in shaping the futures of these young men, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive and lead. If you or anyone you know is passionate about empowering these young men and making a tangible difference, we warmly invite you to reach out and consider making a donation. Together, we can create lasting impact and transform lives.