History Boys To Men

In 1996, the Boys to Men Mentoring Network was founded by Herb Sigurdson (1927-1997), Joe Sigurdson and Craig McClain in La Mesa, California. Before Herb’s passing, he was a former Executive Director of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town and dedicated his life to building a better world.

Cofounders Craig McClain & Joe Sigurdson

Joe and Craig worked diligently to assemble a team of committed men and created a mentoring program that was meant to support the fatherless teenage boys in their community. They created a curriculum that incorporates holistic, intergenerational, and asset-based mentoring practices and encourages community involvement, intensive self-reflection, positive critical thinking habits, and self-accountability.

The curriculum is being replicated in various communities to empower young men around the world (United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa) that are autonomously governed and managed. In San Diego County alone, more than 13,000 boys and men have participated in the program from 1996-2024.

In August 2009, the first in-school group community was established in the San Diego public school system. This site-based group mentoring model has been a resounding success with school administrators, parents, mentors and, most importantly, the boys. In 2024, Boys to Men Mentoring facilitates groups at 38 school partner locations across San Diego County serving nearly 800 boys on a weekly basis.

"If I had a chance to talk to every middle school administrator in this country about the one thing they could do that could make a difference, it would be Boys to Men. I find words inadequate to describe the profound impact Boys to Men has had on the lives of our students. Boys to Men should be in every middle school." 
Dana Wright
Principal, Spring Valley Middle School