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LOCAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION ALREADY FULFILLING OBAMA’S NEW INITIATIVE ‘MY BROTHER’S KEEPER’                              Legendary Surfer Shaun Tomson Joins 100 Wave Challenge to Raise Awareness and Funds for Fatherless Teenage Boys     San Diego, Calif. – In the midst of President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative –   aimed at helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential – San Diego-based Boys to Men Mentoring Network has been mentoring fatherless teens of all races for nearly 20 years, with high success rates. Launched in 1996, Boys to Men (BTM) is a nonprofit group mentoring program that helps keep young men out of the criminal justice system and improve their access to higher education. It also provides boys a place where they can hear other boys and men tell the truth about the problems they face and a community where boys know they are not alone. BTM has mentored over 6,000 boys and has trained mentors in 24 states. BTM targets middle school boys ages 11-to-14, and high school boys ages 15-to-17, who are identified by school administration to be at-risk of educational failure, dropping out of school, juvenile delinquency or gang-related offenses. By partnering with the schools, and working closely with school administrators, BTM is able to identify, and serve the boys most at risk for educational failure. Seventy-three percent of the boys in the program do not have a father active in their life. Program elements include weekly in-school and after-school meetings of mentors and boys, a 48-hour Boy’s Adventure Weekend, a 24-hour experiential mentor training, and ongoing training and support for carefully selected and screened [...]

By | July 14th, 2014|Mentor, Mothers, School Staff, Success Stories|0 Comments

USD Case Study Highlights the Impact of Boys to Men

Purpose of Project Because at-risk youth are more likely to experience failure in school or drop out, schools continue to look for effective interventions for school-related problems affecting at-risk youth. Proponents of mentoring programs hypothesize that mentoring programs could be part of the answer to these problems; however, little research has been conducted evaluating the effectiveness of mentoring programs collaborating with schools. The BTM/middle school collaboration offers a great opportunity to investigate the relationship between mentoring and school counseling. Significance and Rationale The boys in the program are particularly at risk of missing school, low school achievement, being held back, acting out behaviorally, dropping out of school; and adversely affected by poverty, violence and substance abuse. Impact on Participants BTM positively influences student behavior – There are less high level infractions at school, boys are happier, have a more positive outlook on life, have improved self-esteem, and engage in less risk-taking behavior. BTM participants show improved grades, increased attendance, and higher school engagement. Conclusion The case study findings indicated that program participants were able to improve academic performance, behavior, and relationships with adults. These results, taken into context with the challenges associated with this population, should spark a sense of hope and urgency in implementing similar programming in other high-need schools.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download Based upon these findings and factors, we highly recommend investing in the further development, research and evaluation of the BTM organization. Study Results Students 96% of students said BTM has helped them care about peoples’ feelings. 78% of students said that BTM has helped them go to school more often. 90% of students said BTM helped them to do better in school. 95% of students said BTM makes them feel better about themselves [...]

By | February 28th, 2014|School Staff|0 Comments

Linda Marks: Even A Supermom Can’t Take the Place of A Dad | Over My Shoulder Foundation

Linda Marks: Even A Supermom Can’t Take the Place of A Dad   One of the hallmarks of this American culture is self-reliance. Messages about doing it all on our own, and being strong and tough and persevering abound, not only for men, but also for women. When a woman finds herself in the position of being a single mom raising a son on her own, most people look the other way and tell her to just carry on.Watch Brothers (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download Young boys learn a lot from their Mom, but the value of a male model can’t be understated. Source: Freedigitalphotos.net When my son was 4 ½, his dad and I divorced after being separated for about a year and a half.  I was the primary custodial parent, but my son did have contact with his dad.  However, when my son was 12, he and his dad stopped seeing one another.  My son had asked his dad to address some serious issues between them, and his dad responded by pulling away. Initially, the separation was very good for my son. He and I finally had the space for my son to have a more “normal life.”  Soccer, Red Sox games, movies and leadership conferences all became easier to take part in for my son with his life unencumbered by the issues with his dad. Realizing that my son needed good male role models in his life, I sought out organizations and activities that allowed my son to interact with male mentors. I found Boys to Men New England when he was 12, and over time, BTMNE became a critical part of the emotional foundation for my son’s life. [...]

By | February 28th, 2014|School Staff|2 Comments