The Boys To Men Tucson (BTMT) schools program is modeled on the very successful program by Boys to Men in San Diego and other similar programs across the U.S. In Tucson, we target middle school boys age 12-14, and high school boys age 15-17. Some of our group participants are school-referred, behavior or academically challenged kids. In addition, because we like a variety of different “stories” in our groups, we try to have group membership reflect a cross section of the population in the schools we serve. The main theme of all our groups is the journey toward manhood the boys are facing, and the more current and personal challenges and successes in the boy’s lives.
Our school-based group mentoring program is meeting with extraordinary success. In addition to the many schools we are currently serving, we now have a wait-list of additional interested sites. The program is growing because of the documented successes that come from weekly contact in schools with Boys To Men mentors. Just some of what our boys get includes:
- A community of adult male mentors and role models who listen, encourage, and believe in them.
- A community of men who model integrity, accountability, compassion, and respect.
- A community where boys are empowered to speak their truth and encouraged to take responsibility for their choices.
- A community where boys feel supported, listened to, and valued.
- A community where boys see their peers are facing similar challenges, and where they learn they are NOT ALONE in their struggles.
The weekly (BTMT) school group meetings combine learning, fun, leadership opportunities, peer mentoring, and self-esteem building. Our groups give boys a safe place to be real and talk about problems, fears, and personal issues most teenage boys have already learned to bury deep inside. In our school groups, boys quickly learn they are NOT ALONE with their difficult experiences and feelings. As a result, fears, sadness, successes, hopes, joy, anger, and gratitude are often revealed. Who would you be today if you had that kind of support during your adolescence?
All meetings are facilitated by one or more trained BTMT staff members, and supported by volunteer mentors. The meetings follow a curriculum designed to help teenage boys cope with typical problems and issues facing all adolescent males. Our groups bring awareness and intention to the important choices all boys face in adolescent development.
Our current focus is to offer group mentoring at schools because that’s where the boys are predictably gathered. However, this format can also be successful in faith communities, clubs, and neighborhoods. We are happy to provide training and assistance to any men wanting to support the boys in their community.
If you would like to join us and learn how easy it is to become a school mentor, just give us a shout and we’ll get back to you soon.
The boys ARE waiting!
What young guys say:
“This group helped because it let me set goals and showed me how to achieve them.” Jose
“The group helped me big time with my anger problems.” Ramon
“What I took out of this group is how to respect my teachers and not talk back.” F.G.
“The group helps me with the reality of life and shows that other people have the same problems as I do, so I’m not the only one.” Cezar
“This group gives me hope and teaches me how to work out people issues.” Chris