Boys to Men Tucson, Inc.

Strengthening communities in Southern AZ by calling on men to step up to mentor teenaged boys on their journeys towards healthy manhood

aka The Desert Men's Council, Inc.   |   Tucson, AZ   |  www.btmtucson.com

Mission

Our mission is to strengthen communities in Southern Arizona by recruiting, training, and empowering communities of men to mentor teenage boys on their journey towards healthy manhood through on-site group-mentorship circles, adventure outings, and contemporary rites of passage.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mr. Michael Brasher

Main address

5925 E Broadway Blvd Ste 125

Tucson, AZ 85711 USA

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EIN

80-0432852

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There’s an African proverb that states that if you don’t initiate boys into manhood, they will burn down the village just to feel the heat. Many of the greatest social and political problems we face today are related to crises over manhood. When a young boy grows up without positive, reliable male role models in his life, he is at increased risks related to violence, mental health, and addiction. Despite this fact, the problem of fatherlessness and abusive, or absent, men continues to increase: our boys need our help. One reliable predictor of whether a boy will succeed or fail in high school rests on a single question: does he have a man in his life to look up to? Too often, the answer is no. The consequences can be devastating for all of us. Since 1960 the rate of U.S. boys without fathers has quadrupled. We know that 85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. The determinate factor in what kind of man a teenaged boy becomes is his access to older, healthy, reliable men.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School-Based Mentoring Program (SBM)

BTMT is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) educational corporation, founded to support boys 11-18 years of age on their journey toward a positive manhood. We provide boys with training, skilled mentoring, and role-modeling to help them increase their self-esteem, value academic performance, use positive anger management, and adopt values such as integrity, accountability, compassion, responsibility, and respect for others.

Since 2016, we have been recognized by the State of Arizona as a tax-credit-worthy organization that benefits children of the working poor. In early 2017, we received a substantial “seed money” grant from the Arizona-based, Del E. Webb Foundation that us to become a professionally led, volunteer-based, group mentoring organization with two full-time staff, and 36 trained volunteer mentors.

Beginning in March 2009, our work has been to invite, encourage, background screen, train and support adult men to become volunteer mentors and encourage boys on their journey toward a positive manhood.

We currently provide weekly group mentoring to more than 200 boys in 15 TUSD, Title I middle & high schools that directly serve disadvantaged and academically challenged youth, as well as in the Juvenile Detention Center. We intend to continue this legacy, and to enhance and expand the scope and breadth of our programs to additional schools and underserved areas in Greater Tucson.

Our programs & services include:

Site-Based Mentoring (SBM) – Regular contact with responsible men who have been background checked and trained, helps boys in many ways. Our support circles largely happen in the boys' schools, and help them to develop their general social skills, to improve their ability and willingness to work with peers, to enhance their self-esteem, to improve their ability to manage anger and conflict, to improve academic performance, to lower the frequency of school absenteeism, and to demonstrate an increased understanding of the consequences of their personal decisions.

Adventure Outings – Adventure activities provide a year-round series of fun, educational, and motivational events, both in the greater Tucson community and in surrounding wilderness areas. They provide unique opportunities for young men to learn about camaraderie, collaboration, leadership, and other elements of positive manhood. Events include hikes, sporting events, life skills training, visiting men’s workplaces, service projects and museum visits, etc.

Challenge Adventure Weekends – These weekends offer extended time with a large group of committed men, built around the idea of a modern rites of passage experience for teenage boys. The goal is to provide the boys with a weekend of challenges and opportunities to consider a variety of important life choices. There is a “line-crossing” experience at the end of the weekend designed to mark an intentional stepping away from childhood and into an intentional quest for a healthy, responsible, and positive manhood.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who access our free programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School-Based Mentoring Program (SBM)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children who regularly access our programming, primarily through school-based mentorship circles, but also through community-based activities such as adventure outings and adventure weekends.

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School-Based Mentoring Program (SBM)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of screened, trained, mentors that we have on our rolls. These mentors deliver group mentorship circles as well as help us to staff our community-based programs.

Number of schools requesting our programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School-Based Mentoring Program (SBM)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Schools that have currently adopted our group mentorship circles. This number should grow consistently each year as we expand our reach.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Across times and cultures, men of tribes and communities have shared a collective responsibility to facilitate rite of passage journeys for young men that initiate them into their healthy, responsible identities as men of the community. At Boys to Men Tucson, we are spearheading a call to the men of Southern Arizona to re-discover this mandate. Our vision is to strengthen communities by calling men to step up to mentor all teenage boys on their journey towards healthy manhood. Our goal is to spearhead a movement across Southern Arizona whereby men step into their collective responsibility to mentor the next generation of responsible, caring men because we know that when communities prioritize healthy intergenerational manhood everybody benefits. We aim to plant Boys to Men Group Mentorship circles throughout the city of Tucson so that all boys have access to healthy, reliable, consistent adult male mentorship. Because our primary method for facilitating these connections between boys and men take place in schools, our goal is to be in every school district, and eventually every high school in Tucson.

We accomplish our vision by recruiting, training, and empowering communities of men to mentor teenage boys through on-site circles, adventure outings, and contemporary rites of passage. Most of our on-site group-mentoring processes take place in the boys' schools, although we also facilitate weekly mentorship circles with teenaged boys in the Juvenile Detention Center. With our core, three-program approach, boys are finding ways to connect to the good men of Boys to Men Tucson, having fun, and benefiting from their involvement. Our Site-Based Mentoring program provides teenaged boys with regular contact with responsible men and supports these boys in many ways. In our school groups men help boys develop their general social skills, improve their ability and willingness to work with peers, build their self-esteem, improve their ability to manage anger and conflict, improve their academic performance, lower the frequency of school absenteeism, and increase their understanding of the consequences of their personal decisions. Our adventure outings are a year-round series of fun, educational, and motivational events, both in the greater Tucson community and in surrounding wilderness areas. They provide unique opportunities for young men to learn about collaboration, leadership, and other elements of positive manhood. Events include hikes, sporting events, life skills training, visiting men’s workplaces, service projects and museum visits, etc. Finally, our contemporary rites of passage events take places through what we call our Challenge Adventure Weekends. These Boys to Men weekends offer extended time with a large group of committed men. The goal is to provide the boys with a weekend of fun events, challenge activities, and opportunities to consider a variety of important life choices. There is a “line-crossing” ceremony at the end of the weekend designed to mark an intentional stepping away from childhood and in to an intentional quest for a healthy, responsible, and positive manhood in the context of a supportive community.

Tucson is a fantastic place to do this work, as their has been a long history of fruitful and productive men's work in our city. As a result, we rely on a constantly growing volunteer army to do this work. With roughly 60 active volunteer mentors at any time, we are tapping into the wealth of men who are open to hearing this call and showing up for the next generation. We have an effective curriculum for training these mentors which has been studied and validated for its impact on teenaged boys by a recent Case Study at the University of San Diego. We also have a series of MOU's and endorsements from the city's largest School Districts and most influential Superintendents. Our reputation has meant that demand continually outpaces our capacity as we seek to recruit new mentors.

One year ago, we were in eight schools. Today we are in eleven. Next semester we will add at least three more schools, and we have a waitlist of about five more. This semester we were invited to pilot our programming for the boys in the Juvenile Detention Center, so we are there every two weeks facilitating group mentorship circles. In the next six months we also intend to pilot a community-based circle in a central part of town, so that boys whose schools we are not yet in can still access our weekly support model. This Spring we will facilitate a Rite of Passage Adventure Weekend for the boys in our program.

Financials

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Boys to Men Tucson, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ron Wilson

Arnold Adler

Catherine Tornbom

John Hudak

Amalia Luxardo

Terri Tellez

Manuel Gadea

Steve Hopkins

Dan Westerburg

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/01/2020

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