On Sunday, October 7th, I will take the 100 Wave Challenge and do my best to catch 100 waves in ONE DAY to raise $45,000 for a remarkable organization called Boys to Men Mentoring.
Maybe you know this, but I am going to start my 5th year of weekly volunteer work at Boys to Men Mentoring Network (a 501c3 Non-Profit Corp.), to help inner-city boys without proper father figures become productive and well-rounded young men. I counsel and mentor mostly minority boys in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades that attend Harriett Tubman Middle School. After just one year of weekly meetings, BTM boys get an average of 27% better grades and 85% fewer disciplinary issues.
Boys to Men Mentoring (BTM) is a group mentoring program working with fatherless and high-risk teenage boys in over 33 middle schools and high schools across San Diego county.
In San Diego County alone, there are 49,937 boys growing up in homes without fathers, and a boy without a dad in his life is 20 times more likely to end up in prison. Fatherless children are more than twice as likely to commit suicide, and 71% of high school dropouts come from a fatherless background. BTM provides mentors for boys who often have no positive male role models – the men in their lives are in gangs, prison or have abandoned them in most cases. Your support allows them to break the devastating cycle of fatherlessness for hundreds of teenage boys who are working to change their lives for the better.
Your support is ensuring the sustainability of this amazing program. The program facilitates weekly group circles giving each boy a safe space to express their anger, frustration, and insecurities without judgment. They also hold Adventure Mountain Weekend retreats that challenge the boys to develop the tools they'll need to navigate manhood. BTM is bringing disconnected boys back into our community and encouraging them to be young men of integrity, honesty, and service.
So, what am I doing? I will be catching 100 waves in ONE DAY to raise money for BTM, which is the surfing equivalent of running a marathon!
This will be a big challenge for me – 100 waves in one day is crazy! Of course, it will be worth all of my efforts to help support these boys. This is a personal challenge for me, and I am training for the big event. These boys are struggling, and I’m going to do my best to help them.
What can you do to support me and the boys who need Boys to Men Mentoring in their lives? You can make a donation to my page and help me get the word out about this event and the good we are doing!
Every dollar helps, so please give what you can to help me reach my goal!