Site Based Program
Boys To Men Mentoring of Virginia (BTMVA ) after school mentoring program is an exciting new mentoring model focused on middle school and high school boys identified by school administration to be at risk of academic failure. Every week, groups of dedicated Boys to Men mentors show up at middle schools and high schools to give these at-risk boys a community of mentors who listen, encourage and accept them. Discussion topics include drugs, bullying, divorce and gangs. This approach is drawing high praise from school principals, administrators and teachers for its documented ability to improve participant’s grades, reduce discipline issues and keep boys from dropping out of high school. Teenage boys make decisions every day that may affect them for the rest of their lives. Boys to Men give boys a community of mentors who listen, encourage and guide these young men and help them make better choices. When we invest in our boys, and support them at this critical time, the payback will last a lifetime! The mentors don’t help boys with their homework, lecture them when they are in trouble or tell them to stay in school. Yet boys in the Boys to Men high school program in San Diego:Improved their GPA by an average of 57%;Reduced their discipline referrals by 216%;Had a 0% dropout rate vs a 35.5% average for the rest of the population.Instead of telling teenage boys what to do, Boys to Men mentors build a connection and trust by sharing the mistakes they made when they were teenagers and the lessons they learned from those mistakes. The mentors and boys talk about their accomplishments and struggles, sharing what they are proud of, and not proud of, and support each other. The boys quickly start to trust, tell the truth, admit when they screw up, take responsibilities for their actions, and encourage and support each other through these often difficult adolescent years. This approach gives the boys permission to talk openly about the challenges in their lives.