The Character Company, helping single moms raise young boys to be good men

6 days ago

The Character Company is a long term mentorship program for young boys growing up with absent fathers - raising them to be good men.

Fathers are responsible to protect their daughters and teach their sons, but we no longer have the luxury to think that it is enough. There are too many children interacting with our sons and daughters that do not have fathers doing the same for them. This is why we need to get involved – we need more sons to grow up into men that know that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child, but the courage to raise one.

The 947 Breakfast Club hosted Jaco van Schalkwyk to find out more about this incredible organisation.

Yes, you can be a good father if you didn't have one, provided you're taking the steps to surround yourself with positive role models.

Jaco van Schalkwyk, The Character Company

At some point, a young boy needs the energy that a male figure provides. I didn't realise the effect it would have on me until I was much older.

Jaco van Schalkwyk, The Character Company

We're not saying that moms can't be that person, but what we don't realise is that a male figure plays a big role. Us moms can't do everything.


I can't teach my daughter how to be a good woman. We have to understand that there are different roles and that's the challenge that a lot of single moms currently face.

Jaco van Schalkwyk, The Character Company

The 947 Breakfast Club are urging Joburg to contribute to this incredible organisation. The Character Company relies on public contributions in order to train and hire mentors.

Joburg joined in an once again came through with really generous contributions.

  • John contributed R250 p/month (for the next year) and R10,000 from his company

  • Shirley contributed R250 p/month for the next year

  • Natasha pledged R10,000 on behalf of her family

  • Clay Shirley contributed R250 p/month for the next year

You can also donate to the Character Company by clicking here.

I own a nursery school in the East Rand I deal with problems like these every single day.


I separated from my child's dad and my now husband really stepped up. Tthe difference this organisation will make is massive.


This week, we will be touching base with the Character Company at 08:20. Tune in to find out more about this incredible organisation as we chat to mentors, young men in the program and the ladies who have seen such the positive impact the Character Company has had on their sons.

You can also:

Become a mentor
Enroll your son
Get involved

Listen to the full interview with Jaco van Schalkwyk from the Character Company...

We chatted to some of the mothers whose sons have been positively impacted by the work done by teh Character Company.

Listen to the full on-air conversations to find out why the work they do is so impactful...

My son, Thato, no longer waits for you to reprimand him. He calls himself to order and has become so much kinder to his sister and his friends. His honesty and kindness levels have improved.


Send them an e-mail and find out more information about the company.

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