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Rabana Modisane - MENtor

Rabana "Rabie" is married to Mpho and they have a son and a daughter. He has worked with young people for over 20 years. Rabie grew up in an entrepreneurial family that was influenced by teachings of the women of the Church of Reverend Nicholas Bhengu. This has made him to always initiate some enterprise activities.

 

After completing his Matric he attended a Theological Seminary where he completed a three (3) year diploma in Theology. Upon his return, he worked briefly at Motswedi Assemblies of God as a youth leader before he joined Youth For Christ as Youth Worker. Rabie was later appointed as a Provincial and National Director for Youth For Christ (YFC) South Africa.

 

Currently, Rabie is the General Manager of the Gauteng branch of Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of SA. He is also moonlighting as a property investor and a rural enterprise development activist. 

SENIORS ONLY
DINNERS

Once a month one of our Mentors will host a Dinner With A Difference. It’s a space for our teens to talk about the challenges they face.

Wonderwall Climbing Gym

Johannesburg

Wonderwall is an indoor climbing & retail store - est. 2007 as a one stop all things climbing destination, Wonderwall has grown into a large well respected brand within the climbing community that has been very involves in developing the sport of climbing as well as climbing infrastructure.

Wonderwall represent a number of quality European brands and are also involved in designing and installing climbing walls large and small.

 

www.wonderwall.co.za

Boys benefit from camping with Character

 

Camping in the great outdoors provides us with the opportunity to introduce our boys to a wide variety of experiences so they can learn and grow and explore, get ahead, be smart and well-rounded. We really think taking kids camping is one of the best things you we do with your boys, even, and especially, while they are very young.

 

There is just something special about taking a boy on a camp, and it provides an extraordinary opportunity for us to speak into the lives of the boys that we work with. It is a time away from technology, in the “wild” outdoors, full of adventure and new experiences – creating memories that will last a lifetime.  We do several weekend and school holiday camps throughout the year with different themes. All camps are age group specific and we offer a number of different kinds of camping experiences, aligned with our curriculum - our camps build character!

The Character Company offers a number of camp experiences, and whilst we operate on a first-come-first-served, we do our best to ensure that every single boy on our program gets the opportunity to participate in at least one camp per year!​

Our camps follow our annual curriculum and each will have a camp theme and provide opportunities to impart our 5 biblical values, as well as fun opportunities to push personal limits in a safe and controlled environment.

 

Adventure education often makes use of practical skills that will benefit an individual in areas beyond the activities. Campers will begin to recognize the inner resources, strengths, and positive qualities within themselves and within their friends. Reflecting and debriefing on the experience or ‘adventure’ afterwards allows the boys to learn more about their personal behaviour and contributions. This feedback informs them of the performance of the group as well and gives us an opportunity to relate this new understanding back to their everyday lives and routine to create positive change.

Cabanga Conference Centre

Northriding

Set amid beautiful indigenous gardens only 20minutes from Sandton City, Cabanga is a multi-award winning conference facility and function venue that hosts top-class events - every time. We’re consistently rated as one of the top conference venues in Johannesburg and South Africa for three main reasons: we provide professional, caring service, offer top-quality facilities with garden views, serving wholesome, tasty food that is classy without being fussy.

www.cabanga.co.za

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Xolani Zicwele - MENtor
 

Xolani is a multi-faceted finance professional and a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in auditing and finance ranging from different industries in the Mining, Energy, Investments and finance, Transport, Communications, Media, and Leisure, amongst others.

 

His experience in auditing and finance is a strong foundation of his ideas of proper governance, financial management, and compliance.

 

Xolani is passionate about serving the interest of others and has committed his efforts to protecting these interests and adding a unique value that enables and empowers, which is why he left private sector work for the public sector. His vision is to see all people liberated from hindrances of being.

 

Xolani is an unwavering disciple of Christ; a husband and father to 2 two beautiful girls; a brother, a Thinker; a Muso; a movie buff, and a buccaneer, amongst others.

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Michael Moore - MENtor

'Uncle Michael' is one of our trusted Mentors with a heart of gold, he is an Industrial Designer by trade and a caring animal lover as well as being one of our most vocal advocates! He was born in Kenya, grew up on a dairy farm in KwaZulu-Natal and now lives in Johannesburg. 

Michael is our 'arts & crafts' person and his creative energy is always a great resource on rainy days at camp.

Marinus de Kok - MENtor

Originally from the town of Vereeniging, I moved to Cape Town with my folks at a very young age. I matriculated here and then went on to study Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University. My spare time was spent mainly making music, in music ministry, or working for my father at his service station.  I completed my Master's degree in Industrial Psychology, with the focus of my research on remedying unemployment through affirmative development. 

 

At home I am married for four years to the sweetest woman you can imagine. My wife and I are known as "the love birds." She is a teacher by profession and her name is Yvette. We are expecting our first (a little girl) this year and we are very excited.

 

I have seen what fatherlessness is causing in our society. I believe it to be central to so many problems in the world, particularly violence against women - which upsets me deeply. I have seen what a good father looks like through what my own dad is, and has been, for me. Furthermore, so many caring older male figures have guided and supported me in my life - without whom, I would not be where I am today. 

Cavin Smit - MENtor

Aged 26 years, born in Namibia (Usakos) and resides in Kalbaskraal in the Western Cape. His number one priority is God for the reason that he has always been the answer to all his life problems. Cavin loves making friends, cooking, reading and swimming, and has a great passion working with kids.

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Tim Ross - Regional Character & MENtor

Tim grew up in Johannesburg before pursuing forestry as a career at the University of Stellenbosch – mostly to avoid the traffic and pursue fly-fishing and enjoy great coffee!  Forestry has enabled him to live in some beautiful places locally and travel to breathtaking vistas around the globe. 

 

He currently works for an East African based forestry company and often travels to Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, and less exotic destinations like Zimbabwe.

Tim married up – an industrial engineer in the forestry sector – and lives in Pretoria with his amazing wife, son and daughter.  Growing up without a dad, but surrounded by capable MENtors, having a son of his own, and seeing the impact of absent dad’s through his travels, has given Tim a burning desire and passion for fathering and sons. 

By partnering with TCC, Tim hopes to raise men that will live pure, speak truth, drink great coffee, act justly, read Lord of the Rings, right wrong, catch big fish, walk humbly, hike far, love hard, stand strong and honour the king!

LEAD SA - 5 values men say NO to violence against women and children!

Online Article - LEAD SA | November 2016

This company is filling the gap that absent fathers leave, and it is phenomenal​!

Online Article - www.goodthingsguy.com | August 2016

Here’s to the Dads

Online Article - Joburg Online | June 2016

2015

 

LEAD SA - Character Company growing boys of integrity

Online Article - 702 | August 2015

2014

A Fathers Love can Help

Blog Article - First National Bank | February 2014

2013

Help boys become better men

Interview with Jaco van Schalkwyk

Randburg Sun | November 2013

 

Together SA

Directory Listing | October 2013

 
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DISCOVERY 947
RIDE JOBURG

947 Discovery Ride Joburg  Is an awesome opportunity and day out to ride for a purpose. Your involvement and support will help us raise boys to be real men of character.

It's easy, click here for more information 

Bradlee Tyack - MENtor

Bradlee was born and grew up in Alberton. After matriculating he studied Marketing Management. He then joined Bonfiglioli in 2013 as an Internal Sales. And now he is currently an Operations Coordinator. He was a Sunday school Superintendent at the Methodist church.

He once attended a Camp in Port Shepstone called D-Camp where he ran a workshop encouraging children to speak about absent fathers. He called it “Who’s your daddy” . Bradlee is always involved in mission trips. Every December he helps put together a Christmas party for the underprivileged in Polopark.

 

His mission is to change one child’s life at a time starting with his adopted 4 year old son.

Curriculum Guide 

Our curriculum guide is there to help you as MENtor to be more intentional with the boys. Every month has a theme with 5 weekly talk topics. It also includes articles for reading and activities to do with the boys. Some or most months will only have 4 weeks, so this gives you, the MENtor, the opportunity to choose which talk topics will be more relevant to your specific group of boys.

MENtors are required to prepare for their sessions by reading through the talk topics included in the curriculum guide but are encouraged to incorporate their own ideas and activities as long as it supports the monthly theme and weekly topics. Remember that these topics were chosen for a specific reason.

REMEMBER: Simply providing resources for a mentee is not mentoring. That is the minimum requirement to setup an appropriate learning environment. Mentoring takes place in the personal interactions with the mentee.

The curriculum guide will be revised and improved on a regular basis and will continue to develop with your help. While we try to include up to date and relevant content, there are resources of which we are unaware, and there is firsthand expertise and experience that can enhance and supplement the existing material, but we can only get this additional content from a greater community of mentors. So please feel free to comment on the layout, grammar, content and activity suggestions. We welcome your input! Feedback can be sent to willie.ch@racter.co.za

MONTHLY THEMES

RESPECT...

how to give it and earn it!

In November we talk about respect. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 5 page document covering 5 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Taking responsibility and make sure you persistently acquire respect for yourself from others

EARNING RESPECT | Short Video for older (teen) boys

RAISING BOYS WITH HEALTHY ATTITUDES| Article of Interest

RESPECT AND CONSENT Interesting Short Video

BREAKING THE BOY CODE| Article with Short Video

SELF-DISCIPLINE...

as a key to unlocking personal potential

In October we talk about self-discipline. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 5 page document covering 5 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Interesting blog article on teaching kids about self-discipline (self regulation) using 7 different strategies

ME WANT IT BUT ME WAIT | Sesame Street Song & Video

5 ACTIVITY IDEAS| A Short video

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL COMPETENCIES Interesting Video

LESSONS FROM ANGRY BIRDS | Animated Short Video

BEING A PROTECTOR...

of others and especially of yourself...

In September we talk about being a protector. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 5 page document covering 5 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

social experiment to show just how easy it is to walk off with a child from a park

BRUTAL BOYS & MEAN GIRLS | Informative article on bullying

EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP| A Short video

KIDS CHANGE THE WORLD|It takes 5 minutes a day - short video

UNDERSTAND THE BOYS CODE | Informative video - TED Talk

For additional reading, please visit our blog, or follow the links set out below:

WEEK 1 | Boys & Men in an Age of #MeToo

HONESTY...

what it is and why it matters

In August we talk about honesty. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 5 page document covering 5 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

A short video about Howard the Rabbit and his lesson about lying

KIDS TALK ABOUT HONESTY | A Quick Video

RESPONDING TO LYING| A Short video

THE HONEST CHILD |Video Discussions about lying

22 MORAL STORIES | Fables and Tales

KINDNESS to...

myself, my mom, others and the environment

In July we talk about kindness. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 4 page document covering 4 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Take on a 30 Day Kindness Challenge or get your boys to complete 10 acts of kindness (make your own video)

MAKING FRIENDS WITH FEAR | A Quick Video

REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE| A Short video

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS | 20 Acts - Video

SOCIAL EXPERIMENT | How many people do you think helped?

For additional reading, please visit our blog, or follow the links set out below:

WEEK 1 | A world upside down

COURAGE...

with myself, others, my family and God

In June we talk about courage. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 6 page document covering 6 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

A great exercise to help boys identify their fears and work to overcome them.

COLOUR YOUR WORLD WITH KINDNESS| A Quick Video

FEAR OF FAILURE| An Insightful blog about overcoming fear

TO EVERYDAY KID HEROES | Kid President Video

SING-A-LONG | Daniel and the Lion’s Den

For additional reading, please visit our blog, or follow the links set out below:

WEEK 1Everyday Heroes

WEEK 2 | Courage Amplifies our Lives

WEEK 3 | Breaking Personal Ceilings

WEEK 4 | Let’s Take This Outside!

RELATIONSHIPS...

with myself, others, my family and God

In May we talk about relationships. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 6 page document covering 6 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

The most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS | A Quick Video

BOYS & GIRLS| An Insightful blog about talking to boys about girls

20 TIPS TO CHANGE THE WORLD | Kid President Video

AWESOME GIRLS | Kid President Video

For additional reading, please visit our blog, or follow the links set out below:

WEEK 1 | Faith - the courage to believe

WEEK 2 | Developing a Relationship with Self

WEEK 3 | It starts with you - RESPECT - available in our curriculum pack

WEEK 4 | Identify and end toxic relationships - available in our curriculum pack

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT...

Understanding how to manage conflict

In April we talk about managing conflict. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 6 page document covering 6 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Conflict Resolution tools are useful in helping boys learn to diffuse tense situations and resolve conflicts

CONFLICT RESOLUTION | Quick Video

ANGER CHART| A Tool to Help Gauge Emotional Intensity

EMOTIONAL CHECK-IN | A youtube video

ANGRY BIRDS | Emotional Control Video

For additional reading, please visit our blog, or follow the links set out below:

WEEK 1 | Aggressive vs. Assertive

WEEK 2 | Camping with Character

WEEK 3 | Fighting Fair - Ground rules for boys

WEEK 4 | Values to live by

COMMUNICATION...

How we talk and listen

In March we talk about communication. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 5 page document covering 5 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Emoticons (Emotion Icons) or rather now emojis are a way to communicate concepts on a single image

EMOTICONS | Take a quick EmojiQuiz

EMOJI-PEDIA | A Dictionary of the latest Emojis

SEE & HEAR MORSE CODE | A youtube video

SA SIGN LANGUAGE | Learn the basic alphabet

BODY LANGUAGE BASICS | Positive Body Language T0 Tips

For additional reading, please visit our blog, or follow the links set out below:

WEEK 1 | Mom & Son Communication

WEEK 2 | Listening to Understand

WEEK 3 | Empathy vs. Sympathy - Raising boys to be kind, caring adults

WEEK 4 | Better to Express than Suppress

KNOW WHO YOU ARE...

Who am I?

In February we talk about understanding who you are. To download the full month’s curriculum, click the MONTH button above. Or download the Talk Topic guide separately below:

Includes a brief summary of the weekly talk topics and key messages to be included

Includes a 6 page document covering 6 weeks talk topics - included a brief summary of each talk

PERSONALITY TEST | A fun personality quiz, just for kids!

SOUTH AFRICA | National Symbols

NATIONAL ANTHEM | Nkosi Sikelel’ - video

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

Encourage your boys to create their own cv, listing what makes them so special.

PERSONALITY TEST | A fun personality quiz, just for kids!

SOUTH AFRICA | National Symbols

NATIONAL ANTHEM | Nkosi Sikelel’ - video

For additional reading, please visit our blog, or follow the links set out below:

WEEK 1 | Faith - the courage to believe

WEEK 2 | Values, how do the shape us?

WEEK 3 | Knowing yourself, and loving you anyway

WEEK 4 | Personal turned public

 

 

Every month has a THEME with weekly Talk Topics. You will notice that some months may have more Talk Topics then there are weeks, this gives you - the MENtor, the opportunity to choose which Talk Topic might be more relevant to you specific group of boys. However it is important that you stick to the month’s THEME at all times.  

MENtors are required to prepare and orientate themselves by reading through the Talk Topics included in their hard copy manuals or through the links provided on this page. We are working to specifically expand the Talk Topics, creating a number of talks suited to each developmental age. MENtors are encouraged to incorporate their own ideas into designing an activity from the Activities Ideas downloads we provide for each month.

A weekly feedback report should be completed - by MENtors to help with overall programme monitoring and evaluation. The feedback must be submitted to the National Head Office within the week of your activity. Should you have more urgent feedback, please contact Loraine immediately.

 

Remember! You lead by example...

 

Our MENtors exemplify our 5 Values:

Have you...

  • Liked our Facebook page?

  • Shared a recent TCC Facebook post?

  • Included your work with The Character Company in your CV and updated your Social Media, eg.: LinkedIn, Facebook, to show that you are helping to raise good men?

5 Values pencil bag

 certificate

Your R80 donation will allow us to give a pencil bag to a boy growing up with an absent father. You will receive a personalised certificate like this sample that you can give to someone as a Christmas Gift this year - how much more valuable than branded clothing or another video game ... 

Sample

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Gauteng: Johannesburg & Pretoria

Western Cape: Cape Town

Eastern Cape: East London 

Free State: Bloemfontein 

Kwa Zulu-Natal: Grey Town

Mpumalanga: Hluvukani

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