“I couldn’t thank her for one thing. Just for everything.”
Sam* is 14 years old and her step-dad is serving his second prison sentence. Since she’s the oldest of her siblings, she’s had to step up to help look after them. The sentence created a temporary weak spot in their lives.
It’s 2017 and there are 23,000 New Zealand kids who are living in a world where their support system isn’t cutting it. A parent is in prison. A load-bearing pillar is gone, and without the right structure, they are 9.5 times more likely to end up in prison down the track. Pillars provides these kids with a mentor: Someone to lend a hand when they need it most.
Sam’s mentor has been in her life for just over a year now. She says they’re close, she’s good to talk to and she’s an extra support helping out with her younger siblings.
Pillars is calling for more people to put their name forward to be a mentor. Not only could it be life changing for the child of an inmate, but it could be life changing for you too.