Balu und Du

Balu und Du (Baloo and you) enriches elementary school kids’ lives through extracurricular activities. Young adults volunteer to mentor a child by stimulating their interests and fostering their talents.

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The Balu und Du vision is for all children to receive the same educational opportunities. Through our one-on-one mentorship program, we help children from challenging backgrounds to develop outside elementary school, discover and foster their talents and interests as well as participate in society. That way, all kids start life on an equal footing.

Balu und Du contributes to these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are international goals of the United Nations for a better and more sustainable future.

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About us

With its locations throughout Germany that form a network, the Balu und Du mentorship program enriches elementary school children’s lives through extracurricular activities. Socially-minded young adults volunteer to mentor a child for at least one year. By devoting personal attention to their little buddies and actively structuring recreational activities, they help kids find their place in society, grow and learn how to overcome everyday challenges. Our mentors, who are between 18 and 30 years old, are known as Baloos. The elementary school children they take under their wings are called Mowglis. Baloos are usually students attending university, college, vocational school or are in their final years at high school. Alternatively, they may be association or club members. Baloo groups are closely supervised by a coordinator.

Our concept in a nutshell:

  • One child
  • Once a week
  • For one to three hours
  • Over at least one year.

Researchers have also taken an interest in Balu und Du. Their studies show that children who participate in Balu und Du are 20 percent more likely to start high school on a stronger academic footing.

Impact objectives

We want to achieve these impact objectives with you.

  • Boosting prosocial behavior
  • Improving kids’ sense of self-worth, educational outcomes and motivation to learn
  • Enhancing concentration and decision-making skills
  • Increasing quality of life through health

Our Projects

We want to change the world together with you and the following projects!

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