Boys to Men Mentoring Honors Journeymen and Community Impact Leaders During a Memorable Night of Gratitude

Boys to Men Mentoring hosted its 3rd Annual Night of Gratitude at the World Beat Center on Friday, June 14th. This special event honored the organization’s school and community partners, inspiring mentors, and resilient Journeymen who contribute to the success and growth of young men throughout San Diego County.

Boys to Men program participants, their families, mentors, and supporters gathered to celebrate a successful 2023-2024 academic year and praise Journeymen leaders. A Journeyman refers to a young man who has demonstrated significant personal growth and commitment to the program. These individuals have typically completed initial phases of the mentoring program and have taken on leadership roles, often serving as role models and mentors to newer participants.

“During the year, we initiated 65 total Journeymen at Legacy Ranch. Fourteen leaders were honored with plaques, certificates of community service hours, and other gifts, including five brand-new bicycles,” said Program Manager Franco Saavedra. “Volunteer mentors and school partners were also acknowledged, and the National Conflict Resolution Center was awarded as our Community Partner of the Year,” he added.

The night was made even more special thanks to the contributions of incredible vendors and entertainers, including the welcoming staff at World Beat Center, La Catrina Mexican Cuisine, Mahalo Shaved Ice, Percussive Drum Workshop by AB, Kind Weird Wild, and Experimental Lover.

Boys to Men Mentoring remains committed to providing support and guidance to young men in the community. Events like the Night of Gratitude are a testament to the power of community and the impact of collective effort.

About Boys to Men Mentoring: Since 1996, Boys to Men has guided over 13,000 boys towards their true north” through the principles of Listen, Accept, and Encourage. Currently, B2M empowers 750 boys weekly through in-school and after-school programs across 39 schools and 12 districts in San Diego County. B2M aims to expand into every high school and middle school within 5 years. Learn more at www.boystomen.org. Instagram: @boystomen_sd // Facebook: facebook.com/boystomenmentoring

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