The weekly after-school sessions actively promote teamwork, leadership, and personal responsibility and offers 5th grade boys’ opportunities to engage in (1) individual and group wellness activities; (2) leadership development activities; (3) education enrichment activities; and 4) practical “Skills” experiences.
For many young boys, personal and social challenges are causing harmful effects on psychological and emotional maturation. Dropouts experience higher levels of unemployment, receive lower earnings, and experience health and affective problems at more alarming rates than high school graduates. Fortunately, the positive-peer collaboration in Boys To Men encourages strong academic achievement for urban elementary school children and offers leadership involvement with and within the community.
During these volatile social and economic times, Boys to Men is actively building young male leaders who are prepared to combat the growing negative momentum of youth in society. Thus, providing a fun and collaborative “rites of passage” for boys to develop into caring, productive, responsible leaders for tomorrow. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community Boys to Men is accountable for facilitating activities for boys in its program to achieve:
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and positive relationships
- Avoidance of risky behaviors
- Educational success