For the tenth year I am taking the 100 Wave Challenge (with a handicap) and attempting to raise $7,000 for a remarkable organization called Boys to Men Mentoring.
Why? Because Boys are in trouble.
One third of Boys are growing up without a Dad.
Boys without Dad's are:
9 times more likely to drop out of school
10 times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
20 times more likely to end up in prison
85% of youths in prison grew up without a Dad
95% of school shootings are done by white Boys in their teens
and twenty's who grew up without a Dad.
Teen Boys are 3.5 times more likely than girls to committ suicide.
Boys to Men Mentoring is a weekly group mentoring program connecting over 800 teenage boys to positive male role models they can depend on. BTM programs include weekly, in-school group mentoring, retreat weekends, beach trips, and other activities all geared to improve each boy's social and emotional skills, critical thinking skills, self-accountability and overall self-esteem.
How do we do it? By creating a safe place for Boys to talk about their challenges and learn that they are not alone. That they can make better choices and live their potential.
By making a donation to my page you help me open more schools, train more local community mentors and help me in supporting these young men to be the best they can be!
When Boys to Men Mentoring began in 1996, the devastation of fatherlessness on our community fueled their desire to support fatherless teenage boys as they transitioned into adulthood. A boy without a dad in his life is disproportionately more likely to drop out of high school, end up in prison, and commit suicide. Since then, BTM has grown to provide weekly mentorship to teenage boys from all walks of life looking for positive men empower them to be the best they can be.
Today, BTM facilitates weekly group mentoring at over 36 middle and high schools across San Diego County for over 800 teenage boys. To learn more, please visit www.boystomen.org.