Our country has never needed the unique mentoring model of Boys to Men Mentoring more than it does right now, and Joe traveled to DC with a few others to spread the good news about our program! In February, Boys to Men's co-Founder and Community Development Director, Joe Sigurdson, and two valuable members of BTM USA went to our nation's capital to meet with some big decision makers! Joining Joe on this epic field trip east were BTM USA Secretary Jamie Edmonds and BTM USA Board Chair Michael Bonahan. While they were in Washington, DC for the annual Mentor Conference, Joe, Jamie and Michael were also able to meet with several policy-making politicians and used every spare moment to tell people about Boys to Men. Pictured in photo - Joe Sigurdson (BTM Co-Founder & Community Development Director), Michael Bonahan (BTM-USA Board Chair), Juan Vargas (Congressman, 51st District of California), and Jamie Edmonds (BTM-USA Board Secretary) The week-long annual Mentor Conference featured a variety of inspirational speakers and a series of small group sessions that addressed issues around mentoring such as fundraising, data tracking, mentor recruiting and retaining and even multicultural issues workshops. One entire day was spent on Capitol Hill, where our team met with 5 members of the House and 3 state Senators. Joe, Jamie and Michael proudly initiated incredibly meaningful dialogues that are being followed up on now. In those meetings, it was made very clear from our insight and experience what the needs of fatherless teenage boys are and what solutions are effective in providing for those needs of the boys we serve. Because the problems Boys to Men address are so non-partisan, every one of the politicians who met with BTM was eager [...]
On Saturday, January 28th, Boys to Men Mentoring tried for the second time to break a World Record with our event for the history books – the 1 Wave Challenge! Gathered at La Jolla Shores and divided into teams by different colored rash guards, 136 registered surfers hit the water in an attempt to break the current World Record for most surfers on a single wave at one time. This was an amazing show of teamwork, great communication, and leadership under the watchful eyes of the Event Judge, Eric “Bird” Huffman, of the historic Bird's Surf Shed on Morena Boulevard. We also hosted a companion event to the 1 Wave Challenge called the Torrey Pines Adventure Run, coordinated by our friends at Easy Day Sports. This beautiful 5-mile path led runners across various terrains and through some surprising patches, living up to the title “Adventure Run” in every way! As a reward for their endurance, runners were met with some breathtaking views along the path out and back from La Jolla Shores to the back fence of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course. These two events being held in conjunction was a huge goal, especially considering the complex requirements needed to verify a World Record and the number of impartial judges, spotters, proctors, photographers and videographers needed to pull off this event as well! Despite the most valiant efforts of our surfers, we fell short (by only 8 surfers!) of breaking the standing World Record at the 1 Wave Challenge. With another generous Title Sponsorship by the pride of north county, Dr. Bronner’s, the 1 Wave Challenge teed off the closing weekend of the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open Golf Tournament and [...]
In addition to our many other historic firsts in 2016 and 2017, Boys to Men was honored to be chosen as one of just 12 elite non-profits in San Diego to qualify for partnership with The Century Club of San Diego’s Champions for Youth campaign. This unique program offers a generous donation bonus pool from Farmers, from which Boys to Men received almost $26,000 on top of the $73,000 we raised in the 1 Wave Challenge from donations and sponsorships. All told, BTM received $98,131.58 in the Champions for Youth program this year! "The 1 Wave Challenge was powered by the passion of a tribe of big-hearted surfers who are determined to make San Diego a stronger community," said BTM co-Founder Joe Sigurdson. "With this year's awesome addition of The Torrey Pines Adventure Run, surfers and runners came together to raise close to $100,000 for Boys to Men Mentoring Network. We could not be more thankful for the generosity of everyone who participated!"
As a result of our epic event, the 1 Wave Challenge, in January, Boys to Men San Diego has been able to put these much-needed funds to immediate good use! Our program has recently partnered with 4 NEW schools, all of which have been added to our 2017/2018 calendar! Three of the new schools are located in the North County and another in El Cajon. - Sunset High School - (San Dieguito Union High School District) - Rancho Buena Vista High School - (Vista School District) - Ivy Fallbrook High School (Fallbrook District - Continuation School, starting September 2017/2018 school year) - El Cajon High School - (Grossmont Union High School District) As always, there is absolutely no charge to the schools or the students and their families for the opportunity to join Boys to Men – we rely solely on private donations, grants from foundations and fundraising from our events. We pride Boys to Men on being available to EVERY fatherless and high-risk teenage boy who wants and needs our unique group mentoring family and we have BIG goals to continue to expand our positive impact in the coming months and years! With these new schools, we are now partnered with: - 28 San Diego middle and high schools! - 38 group meetings are being held every week in San Diego! - [...]