On September 21 I’ll be heading to San Diego to take part in the 100 Wave Challenge — a charity event for an amazing youth-mentoring program called Boys to Men.
Last week I interviewed Joe Sigurdson, Boys to Men co-founder and the creator of the 100 Wave Challenge, on my People Who Surf podcast. You can find it anywhere you listen to podcasts. Joe’s incredible transformation from alcoholic, drug addict and nefarious criminal to mentor and hometown hero is beyond inspiring, and the work he’s doing is having a dramatic impact, so I hope you get a chance to listen. I know I was so damn lucky to grow up in a community filled with mentors and role models, so this subject is dear to my heart.
Sadly, boys without male good role models around are 9x more likely to drop out of school, 10x more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, and 20x more likely to go to prison.
It costs $94,000 to keep a kid in juvenile hall for a year. Meanwhile, it only cost $20,000 per year to run one of Boys to Men’s in-school mentoring programs, which keeps dozens from going down that path. Their group sessions transform angry, selfish, and hopeless boys into responsible, respectful and honorable young men. Boys who spend one year in the program improve their grades by 27% and have 85% fewer disciplinary issues. It’s no wonder the biggest cheerleaders for Boys to Men are teachers, counselors and administrators on the front lines.
The 100 Wave Challenge is the biggest fundraising event of the year for this incredible program, and I’m hoping to raise $10,000 by Sept 21. Here’s how you can help.
1.) Use the donate button to the right and help us get to our $10,000 target.
2.) Join our People Who Surf team at the 100 Wave Challenge and start fundraising yourself.
3.) Form your own team!
Thank you so much for your consideration,
We are taking the 100 Wave Challenge as a team by attempting to catch 100 waves EACH in ONE DAY to raise money and awareness for a remarkable organization called Boys to Men Mentoring.
Boys to Men Mentoring (BTM) is a group mentoring program working to connect hundreds of 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 overall self-esteem, critical thinking skills, and self-accountability.
Please consider making a donation to support our team page and help us support these young men who are working 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.