- How do I get my child involved?
- How old do you have to be?
- My child’s school doesn’t have this program, but I wish it did–what can i do?
- Can I / my friend go sit in on a group before becoming a mentor to see if I like it?
- How large is the commitment to sitting in a site-based circle? What if I can only attend part of the time?
- I can’t commit to a SBM circle; how else can I mentor?
- I have an idea for an Adventure Outing? Who should I talk to?
- Are there other ways that I can volunteer to support the organization besides mentoring?
- Is this one-on-one mentoring?
Our talking circles are currenlty being held in over 20 different schools across southern Arizona. We also have a community based group at Goodwill from 2:30 to 3:30pm every Monday. Our Adventure outings and Adventure Weekends are open for any teen boy or masculine identified youth to participate in. For more information, you can email the program managers at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Boys to Men Tucson serves ages ranging from 13-18 years old in our school base groups. Our community based groups can go up to 24 years old.
We have a community based circle at Goodwill located at 1940 E Silverlake rd. It is from 2:30-3:30 every Monday. No registration required to join. You can also reach out to your child’s school administration/school counselor and ask them about the possibilities of starting the program there. We are constantly working with new groups to help them start a weekly Boys to Men circle on-site, and we are thrilled to help you start one in your community.
Unfortunately, no, we only allow our background-checked and trained mentors to sit in on the circle with the youth. It also takes time and trust for the youth to embrace and understand the safe container they have within the circle. Having people drop-in to see if they like what we do, can possibly damage that container and the youth may hesitate from being vulnerable and sharing something personal. The best way to find out if this is a good fit is to attend a mentor training.
How large is the commitment to sitting in a site-based circle? What if I can only attend part of the time?
We typically are with the boys in the schools for 10 weeks out of the semester. Most circles are about an hour long. We ask that mentors meet at least 20 minutes before the start of the circle, and stay for a debrief after the circle. In total, it is about a 2 hour commitment each week.
There are various ways to interact with and mentor boys in the program. Aside from our site-based circles, we also host monthly adventure outings. These outings range anywhere from going for a hike, to a visit to the zoo, to bowling, really anything for us to get the boys together, circle up, do an activity, and circle up again before we head home. Mentors are necessary for us to host these outings. We also have Challenge Adventure Weekends and a Rites of Passage weekend throughout the year. Usually 20-30 men are needed for these, they are overnight outings and come with the benefit of spending a ton of time with the boys and mentors.
Contact us at btmtucson.com and share your ideas. We will reach back out to set up a time to chat and strategize on how to make it happen!
Yes! We have a variety of volunteers who support our operations behind the scenes. We rely on grants and fundraising in order to fully operate our Non-Profit. If you could help us fundraise in any way that would be greatly appreciated! We take donations in many ways:
● The DONATE section on our website that takes any credit card
● Arizona Tax Credit
● Corporate Sponsorships
● Amazon Smile
● Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Is this one-on-one mentoring?
We do not offer one-on-one mentoring. Our site based weekly talking circles utilize the restorative circle framework which allows people to come together to address harmful behaviors, actions, personal issues, etc. The process allows participants to explore the issue at hand, address and discuss needs, build healthy relationships, resolve conflict, repair harm, restore positive relationships and reduce/prevent and or improve harmful behaviors.