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Boys To Men Mentoring of Virginia,Inc

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth


1107 W 42nd StreetRichmond, VA 23225 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To raise awareness about the challenges facing
boys, and to motivate caring adult males to provide
boys with mentoring and modeling
so that they learn integrity, accountability,
compassion and respect
and guide them
toward healthy manhood.

Boys to Men Mentoring of Virginia guides boys 11-17 years of age through their passage to manhood. We provide boys with mentoring and modeling so that they learn integrity, accountability, compassion and respect. We help boys develop responsibility and guide them toward healthy manhood.
Why there's a need
The challenge for boys in today's world is greater than ever. Boys have too few positive role models and far too many negative examples of masculinity. Gangs, drugs, Internet pornography, and teen pregnancies compound this critical time in a young man's life. Too many good boys get caught up in a path they may not have chosen if they had a mentor to help see options, weigh consequences and make positive choices.


The Boys To Men Mentoring Network is a multi-faceted community effort. First, the men in the community step up to be mentors. Second, community involvement and families get their sons involved. Third, young men who are involved in the program act as "Journeymen" -- "I Am On A Journey"

This very successful national mentoring program provides boys between the ages of 11 and 17 the opportunity to regularly interact with committed, conscientious male mentors. The Boys to Men (BTM) model is unique in that it is based on a proven and successful three-part program that actually starts with the mentor. Boys to Men, founded in San Diego, California in 1996 discovered, through their initial attempts at establishing mentor programs, that the men are not only the key but also the most hesitant players in the program. Because of a number of reasons (general fear, concern over time commitments, not wanting to let the kid down) men were reluctant to join the program. Consequently, the founders of BTM set out to develop a mentoring program that addressed this need.


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