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We give boys a community of mentors and role models
Boys to Men Hawaii’s after school mentoring program is a community based mentoring model that helps teenage boys become men. Every week dedicated Boys to Men mentors show up at middle schools, high schools and foster care facilities to give teenage boys a community of mentors who listen, encourage and believe in them.
75% of the boys in the program are growing up without a father.
Praise from Principals and Counselors
“In my 24 years as a school counselor, I have never witnessed a program as powerful and effective as Boys to Men. I have seen this program make remarkable changes in some of our toughest boys.” Bruce Crenshaw, Counselor, Spring Valley Middle School
“I find words inadequate for describing the profound impact the Boys to Men organization has had on the lives of several of our students. This program has been responsible for the transformation of some of our toughest at-risk youth into individuals. ” Dana Wright, Principal, Spring Valley Middle School
Our High School program is a Proven Success
School records show boys who participated in Boys to Men:
- Improved their GPA by an average of 57%.
- Reduced their discipline referrals by 79%.
- STAYED in school. Boys to Men students had a 0% dropout rate. (The school dropout rate was 35.5%.)
The weekly meetings gives boys access to a variety of male role models. These mentors show up consistently, tell the truth about our struggles as men, ask the boys what kind of man they want to be, praise them for their unique gifts, support them when they screw up, and encourage them to become that good man they all want to be.
The meetings combine learning, fun, leadership opportunities, peer mentoring and self-esteem building exercises. Every meeting begins with a mentor sharing his personal story about that week’s topic. He talks about the lessons he learned, and the long-term consequences of his actions. The mentor does not teach or lecture, he just tells his story. This approach builds a connection and trust that allows boys and men to talk openly about the challenges in their lives and support each other in our journey to become better men.
When we invest in our boys, and support them at this critical time, the payback will last a lifetime!
It’s My Turn to Give Back
The safety of our boys is our first priority. Each potential mentor is interviewed and screened by Boys to Men Hawaii leadership and must pass a School District approved background check prior to his acceptance into the program. All Mentor Leaders must attend the Reclaiming Your Teenage Fire Mentor Training. Experienced, trained Boys to Men Hawaii leaders facilitate this 24-hour residential training, the Boys Adventure Weekend, and all weekly mentoring sessions. The group mentoring aspect further adds to our program’s safety by allowing us to monitor and evaluate the mentor’s interactions with boys.