fbpx

Uncategorized

Another Day

Written by Joe Sigurdson, Community Development Director Another day, another mass shooting in America. The arguments that follow are painfully predictable: “We need stricter gun laws and background checks!” “This is not a gun issue; it’s a mental health issue!” “Stop politicizing the issue. It’s too soon to talk about this. Let the families grieve!” Here’s the deal: We HAVE to talk about this now. We have allowed others to speak for us for too long, and we cannot trust …

Read MoreAnother Day

Cohn Restaurant Group named Community Catalyst Partner to the 1 Wave Challenge

Boys to Men Mentoring Network is delighted to introduce the Cohn Restaurant Group as the 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run’s​ inaugural Community Catalyst Partner. The sponsorship recognizes a local business​, organization or​ individual whose creativity, passion and generosity inspire meaningful community engagement in Boys to Men’s mission. Boys to Men’s Community Catalyst Partners tell the story of the organization’s unique spirit of community cultivation and engagement. Here’s how the Cohn Restaurant Group harnessed the power of philanthropy to introduce …

Read MoreCohn Restaurant Group named Community Catalyst Partner to the 1 Wave Challenge

Surfers and Runners TEAM UP for World Record-Breaking 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run

Extending its impact zone beyond the surfing community, the world record-breaking 1 Wave Challenge charges into the New Year with a new name and an expanded constituency. Rebranded as the 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run, the event invites runners and walkers to lace up their sneakers and head to La Jolla Shores on the morning of Saturday, January 27th. In addition to offering surfers the chance to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding a single …

Read MoreSurfers and Runners TEAM UP for World Record-Breaking 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run

Cancer Survivor Attila Tota Gears Up for 100 Wave Challenge

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 …

Read MoreCancer Survivor Attila Tota Gears Up for 100 Wave Challenge

Angel’s Story

Although all of our boys are an important part of our BTM community, there are some that immediately form a bond with his mentors, group facilitators and peers. Angel, who only recently began his journey with BTM, is a special young man who attends Kipp Adelante Middle School. The mention of his name encourages a smile from several of the staff members and volunteers who have had the good fortune of meeting him. While he is new to our program, …

Read MoreAngel’s Story

BTM is Growing by Leaps and Bounds!

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 …

Read MoreBTM is Growing by Leaps and Bounds!

We ARE Champions for Youth!

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. …

Read MoreWe ARE Champions for Youth!

The Quest to Catch That 1 Perfect Wave (and Run!)

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 …

Read MoreThe Quest to Catch That 1 Perfect Wave (and Run!)

Getting the Good Word Out – Boys to Men Goes to Washington, DC

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 …

Read MoreGetting the Good Word Out – Boys to Men Goes to Washington, DC

Monarch School Mentoring Homeless Boys

This month’s BTM Spotlight School is Monarch School in Barrio Logan, near downtown San Diego. Serving homeless students grades K-12, Monarch is a public school operated under the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools educational program. Serving up to 350 homeless students each day, Monarch students live in San Diego shelters, motels, single-room occupancy housing, double- or tripled-up with other families at camp sites, in cars or on the streets. And like other students in …

Read MoreMonarch School Mentoring Homeless Boys