Nonprofit Commends Rose Courtney’s Leadership Skill Set, Fresh Perspective as Pivotal to Sustained Organizational Growth, Innovation and Relevance The future of Boys to Men Mentoring Network is in a woman’s hands. Rose Courtney, Director of Operations, took the reins of leadership last month after a unanimous vote by the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Courtney steps into the role of Executive Director as Boys to Men Co-Founder Craig McClain steps away from the position after serving 23 years as its top executive. McClain’s colorful legacy gives Courtney a solid foundation to build upon. A visionary who leads with his heart, McClain transformed his personal experience as a mentor to kids in his neighborhood into a live-transforming in-school group mentoring program. Inspired by McClain’s vision of building strong communities of boys and men, the nonprofit has expanded its regional footprint from 1 to 38 school campuses over the past decade. As McClain hands the baton of leadership to Courtney, 1,000 disconnected, fatherless boys are participating in 58 weekly group mentoring circles across San Diego County. Craig McClain, Boys to Men Mentoring Co-Founder and former Executive Director McClain will remain active in the organization. He will direct his creative energy on the development of the Boys to Men retreat center, Legacy Ranch, while doing his part to raise the organization’s development and programming to new heights. In her role as Director of Operations, Courtney kept a mindful eye on Boys to Men Mentoring Network’s primary functions, including governance, human resources, programs, communications and development. She also served on the front lines of logistical planning and implementation for the organization’s three signature fundraisers: the 100 Wave Challenge, Caddyhack and the 1 Wave Challenge. Rose Courtney, [...]
The 100 Wave Challenge (www.100wave.org) is the largest annual fundraiser for BOYS TO MEN MENTORING NETWORK Every year, hundreds of surfers pledge to raise a minimum of $1,000 each and attempt to catch 100 waves in one day to help raise money and awareness for the organization. WHAT DOES YOUR CONTRIBUTION SUPPORT? Boys to Men Mentoring is committed to addressing the devastating effects of fatherlessness on a young man's life. We are creating communities of support, encouragement, and empowerment so that no boy feels like he is alone. We are bringing these disconnected boys back into our community and challenging them to be young men of integrity, honesty, and service. Your contribution directly supports our weekly group mentoring programs that support over 800 boys at 35 school and community partner locations throughout San Diego County. Visit www.100wave.org to register today!
Video Report By 100 Wave Challenge Surf Ambassador Shawn Styles San Diego beaches have seen some big waves over the past few days - and for one San Diego company that means big business. The reason: many surfers hit the water with boards that can't handle the surf. News 8's Shawn Styles reports from Kearny Mesa at a shop that feeds off the big waves. See the full video here: http://www.cbs8.com/clip/14416802/big-waves-mean-more-work-for-san-diego-surfboard-shop
Legacy Ranch Dedication Marks Historic Milestone for Boys to Men Mentoring Network A vibrant tapestry of spring wildflowers beckoned guests on their journey to the top of Palomar Mountain to celebrate the dedication of Legacy Ranch. Gathered in the shade of a canopy of Oak trees, and captivated by sweeping views of the valley below, guests were given a first-hand encounter with a sacred space that inspires Boys to Men Network’s mission: resolving the devastating effects of fatherlessness in the lives of young men. Since Boys to Men Mentoring Network acquired the property in 1996, the ranch has served as a base camp for the nonprofit organization’s Adventure Mountain Weekends. A $100,000 gift from The Legacy Foundation, paid off the mortgage on the property, ensuring the weekend retreats will continue to engage and empower young men for generations to come. In honor of the foundation’s priceless gift, Boys to Men hosted a celebration designed to immerse guests in the natural beauty of Legacy Ranch, cultivate their appreciation of the ranch as a backdrop for Adventure Mountain Weekend mentoring activities, and impart the organization’s aspirations for upgrading the property –- as well as enhancing the retreat experience for boys and their mentors -- in the months and years to come. After participating in tours of the ranch footprint, guests sat down at festively-decorated picnic tables for a delicious barbecue lunch prepared and served by Boys to Men volunteers. A tribute to the Legacy Foundation capped off the celebration. Boys to Men Co-Founder and Executive Director Craig McClain delivered a moving thank you to the foundation, and invited founder and chairman, Rolf Benirschke and his fellow board member, Ernie Hahn, to lead the unveiling of the Legacy [...]
BTM mentor to Take On Waves After Three-Year Hiatus On December 30, 2016, Attila Tota, who had dropped to 115 pounds, had to have his right arm and shoulder amputated in an emergency surgery to save his life. While an aggressive form of skin cancer took his arm, it did not tarnish his passion, dedication and spirit. Despite his ongoing health issues, Tota has continued to mentor dozens of at-risk teenage boys through Boys to Men Mentoring (BTM), inspiring both the boys and his fellow mentors. He also plans, for the first time in more than three years, to grab his surfboard and participate in BTM’s annual fundraiser, the 100 Wave Challenge. The goal of the 100 Wave Challenge, held Saturday, Sept. 23 in Mission Beach, Calif., is for each surfer to raise at least $1,000 and attempt to surf 100 waves in one day. Surfing legend Shaun Tomson and pro surfer Damien Hobgood are among the surfers participating in the event. The surf-a-thon accounts for 68 percent of BTM’s annual budget, which has doubled since the first event eight years ago. The event raised $373,000 in 2016. This year’s fundraising goal is $425,000. BTM plans to sign up 300 surfers this year, compared to 156 surfers in 2016. Launched in 1996, Boys to Men Mentoring is a Southern California-based nonprofit group mentoring program that helps keep young men out of the criminal justice system and improve their access to higher education. It also facilitates a space where boys and men can openly express the truth about the problems they face. BTM has mentored over 6,000 boys and trained mentors in twenty-four states. Tota, 61, is the lead mentor for the North San Diego [...]
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!"
Boys to Men Mentoring was recently awarded a benevolent grant from The David C. Copley Family Foundation, and we are so incredibly grateful! The Copley Family Foundation provides funding for responsible, creative charitable and civic organizations focusing on community, culture and arts, education, medical and health, and youth development, which continue the Copley family legacy of supporting life enriching organizations and foster community and civic improvement. With the generous grant we received from The David C. Copley Family Foundation, we will be able to expand the Boys to Men program in the coming school year and help more fatherless teenage boys in San Diego make better choices. Thank you for your incredible support, Copley Family Foundation!
What is the surfing equivalent of running a marathon? Surfing one hundred waves in a single day, of course! On Saturday, September 17th, 2016, we will be holding our nationally-recognized fundraiser, the Boys to Men 100 Wave Challenge, for the seventh year at Mission Beach in San Diego! With our biggest participant goal (300+ surfers!) and most ambitious fundraising goal ($500,000!) EVER, this year's event will be a challenge in every sense of the word for all of us! The 100 Wave Challenge event registration will be open Saturday, May 14th at The Boardroom Show in Del Mar and at www.100Wave.org. The simple and free registration will remain open with personal goals for each surfer to raise a minimum of $1000 for Boys to Men and catch 100 waves on the big day of Saturday, September 17th. We will have many impressive 100 Wave Challenge sponsors supporting our big event again this year, including our returning Title Sponsor Dr. Bronner's ALL-ONE, and we appreciate the support so very much! So, get registered, surfers, and let's make this the most epic 100 Wave Challenge yet! See YOU at Early Bird Registration! Saturday & Sunday May 14 & 15 at The BoardRoom Show!
Urgently, Boys to Men and friends are asking your help for Attila Tota, a man who has lived a life of service and has suffered an unimaginable loss. Attila is the lead mentor and founder of our North County Boys to Men group and surfed the 100 Wave Challenge four years in a row with his friends, fellow mentors and boys from Boys to Men Mentoring. After a three-year struggle with cancer and enduring excruciating treatments, Attila, one of our own, had to have his right (dominant) arm amputated in order to save his life in an emergency procedure last Thanksgiving Eve. Two operations later, surgeons have now left the wound open because they can't get acceptable margins. Most recently, surgeons have expressed wanting to take the entire upper quarter of Attila's body -- shoulder, clavical and scapula in hopes of getting ahead of the cancerous tumor spread. Today he struggles with the pain and fatigue of an open stump where his arm once was until doctors agree that the cancer has died enough to skin graft the open wound, which will still take a few months at best. Attila has already endured radiation treatments and does not qualify for chemotherapy. He is, however, qualified for an experimental immunotherapy protocol (that insurance rejected), of which most of the cost will be covered by Merck. The possible side effects are endless, but the promise of a cure is well worth the risk. At this time Attila is unable to work, yet still manages to help run the Boys to Men North County meetings. What Attila and his wife Lisa need at this time is simple but essential: - Help paying for the overwhelming medical costs including huge insurance deductibles - Financial help in order to rebuild their business so that it can fully [...]