Each month, Boys to Men is now holding 130 groups in San Diego. This month’s Spotlight School is Montgomery Middle School in the Cajon Valley School District.
We are currently holding two BTM groups weekly at Montgomery Middle, divided by age and grade (serving 7th and 8th grade boys) with 7 mentors — 3 staff and 4 volunteers.
One student at Montgomery, Jacob, said, “If I have a problem, I can talk about it here,” and another boy, Sam, explained to his BTM mentors, “I can trust you.”
From sharing their own life experiences in topics ranging from bullying to drugs and girl problems to gang pressure and drug temptations, our mentors and group facilitators listen without judgment and offer unconditional support to the boys in their circles.
Rachel Legrand, Counselor at Montgomery Middle School, explained how our program has helped the fatherless and high-risk boys in her school, “I’m grateful for the opportunities that Boys to Men provides for my students. The group offers them positive role models, a safe and encouraging atmosphere, and caring mentors guiding them into adulthood.”
Ms. Legrand continued, “The support that the mentors show my students and our school is overwhelming. Boys to Men is a powerful organization and I hope that each school can experience all that it offers!”
As Antonio, a 7th grader at Montgomery Middle School said, “Boys to Men is helping me achieve my goals, and I finally feel good about myself!”
For us, that is what it’s all about.