Boys to Men Cleans Up Graffiti in North Park Community

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On Saturday, July 11, the San Diego Chapter of Boys to Men Mentoring Network took to the streets with brushes in hand to remove graffiti from the North Park community of San Diego.

On Saturday, July 11, the San Diego Chapter of Boys to Men Mentoring Network took to the streets with brushes in hand to remove graffiti from the North Park community of San Diego.

Cleanup Effort Covered 12 Square Blocks

The collaborative effort with the Mankind Project of San Diego brought together young and old to improve a local community. "We had nine Journeymen (boys), four mentors, two moms and one grandfather for a total of 16 participants," said Joe Sigurdson, a Boys to Men founder. "We started at 9:00 a.m. and worked until 1:00 p.m., covering 12 square blocks. We cleaned buildings, traffic signs, telephone booths, bus stops, walls and houses."

The City of San Diego coordinated the graffiti clean-up effort for the Boys to Men group. This was their first service project with the city and the local chapter of the Mankind Project in San Diego. The clean-up crew removed paint and stickers, mostly with a biodegradable spray solvent, scrubbies and heavy-duty paper towels. Wipes, gloves, and brushes were supplied by the City.

"Buy These Boys Something To Drink On Me," Said One Woman

Passing motorists honked and waived at the good work being done by Boys to Men to clean up the community. People stopped and thanked them. "One woman turned around and handed me $8," said Sigurdson. "She said, 'this is all I have, please buy these boys something to drink on me.' This was a very fulfilling day of service for all of us. The boys really felt good about what they had accomplished."

Providing Role Models and Good Mentors For Today's Boys

Created to guide boys aged 13-17 through their passage to manhood, Boys to Men brings positive role models and mentors into boys' lives. Surrounded with negative influences like gangs, drugs, Internet pornography, and teen pregnancies, boys today have far too few positive role models of masculinity to guide them. The unfortunate result is that too many good boys are drawn into destructive lives, paths they may not have chosen if only a mentor had been there to offer positive options, to weigh consequences and choose the right path. More than just a mentoring program, Boys to Men brings good men, mentors and role models into boys' lives. Boys learn integrity, accountability, compassion and respect as mentors guide them to become responsible men.

Three-Part Program Guides Boys to Men Around the World

With so many boys growing up fatherless, Boys to Men fills a leadership need. "Over 3,300 boys have gone through the Boys to Men program," said Joe Sigurdson "We've grown exponentially in the last few years, with centers in 28 cities and four countries."

Boys to Men has three components: Reclaim Your Teenage Fire Training gives men a new perspective on mentoring boys; Rites of Passage Adventure (ROPA) Weekend provides a powerful bonding experience that creates trust and respect, and builds close connections between boys and their Mentors; and Ongoing Group Mentoring has (ROPA graduates) meet their Mentors every two weeks to continue strengthening the bonds they formed during the ROPA weekend. "Boys and Mentors spend more time together on this weekend than a typical mentor program provides in six months," exclaimed Sigurdson.

Boys to Men Needs Your Support!

The Boys to Men Mentoring Network (a non-profit 501-c3 corporation). Those who wish to get involved with Boys to Men, either individually or as a corporate sponsor, should call (619) 469-9599. More information is available at http://www.boystomen.org. Also see the founders on FOX TV at http://www.boystomen.org/boys-to-men/youth-mentoring/fox-news6-06262008

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