BOYS to MEN
A Marquee Fundraiser to Help Support Programming for Boys
Make plans to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington on Thursday, October 28th at 6:00 p.m. for the annual event:
BOYS TO MEN
This will be an evening full of inspirational stories, music, and fun – LIVE and in-person! This night will feature distinguished guest speakers discussing the impact and value of mentorship. This year, we will be focusing on how strong mentor figures can impact the youth in our community.
This will be an amazing event, and an opportunity to gather IN-PERSON in one of our clubs, giving you a great insight into how the clubs have continued to function through this past year. You will see how the BOYS to MEN programming impacted the lives of kids during its first year of existence at the Club in 2019. You will hear stories from Club kids on how programming and the opportunities provided by the Club is positively shaping their lives.
We’re also thrilled to announce that this year, the incredible keynote speaker for BOYS to MEN is the Head Coach of the IU Men’s Basketball team, Mike Woodson! This is an inspirational evening that you don’t want to miss!
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WHAT IS BOYS to MEN PROGRAMMING?
“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” – Fredrick Douglass
A powerful and emotional program that directly impacts young males, BOYS to MEN is a group-focused program between carefully-screened adult men and young males that includes community service, field trips and effective mentoring practices.
"We create vibrant communities where men show up for boys to fulfill their natural role as makers of men."
The Purpose of BOYS to MEN
Each week, BOYS to MEN mentors show up to offer support to boys through healthy discussions. The group-based approach offers boys a variety of male role models who open up concerning the struggles all men combat. Through these mentoring practices, the boys develop a deeper trust and organically begin to support and mentor each other. It is in this controlled environment that they learn to express and understand how choices and outcomes can impact the lives of themselves and others.
The harsh reality that this program fights is that the number of boys who are growing up without a father or reliable male mentor in their life has now reached epidemic proportions. In fact, fatherless teenage boys have a higher than average risk of participating in crime, dropping out of school, and entering into the prison system before the age of 18. Thanks to BOYS to MEN, thousands of lives across the United States have been positively altered due to this powerful mentoring strategy that empowers teenage boys to grow responsibly.
"Mentoring in BOYS to MEN has changed my life. It gave me a chance to help teens talk and open up in a way I was never able to do as a teen. I think I have benefited as much as the boys."
BOYS to MEN | Adult Mentor
WHAT IS THE BOYS to MEN EVENT?
BOYS to MEN is an annual event where funds to support world-class programming opportunities (like BOYS to MEN) are raised through various avenues including ticket sales, sponsorships, a live auction component and a concluding fund-a-need. This specific event, typically held during the fall, has been a long-standing tradition for the Club since 2012, and is traditionally a sold-out spectacle with nearly 300 people in attendance at the historic Lincoln Street Club – the original home of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington.
During the business-casual event, various community male leaders spearhead a panel-style discussion, which focuses on the importance of positive guidance and mentorship to young men in today’s world. The event also includes a buffet-style dinner with dessert along with fellowship.
Originally billed “Man Up to Make a Difference,” this unique event was initially launched back on May 23, 2012, with guest speakers Steve Zeller and then-Indiana University Director of Athletics, Fred Glass. Since that time, more than 25 others have passionately supported this important fundraiser for the Club. In 2019, the event was re-branded to reflect the updated programmatic messaging of BOYS to MEN’s mentoring program. The Club first initiated BOYS to MEN programming in the Fall of 2019 with carefully chosen teens from the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation – some of which were already Club members – and influential male mentors from the community, including the Club’s Executive Director, Jeff Baldwin.
I don’t know what would have happened to me if I wasn’t taken in, but if I wasn’t mentored and cared for the way the way that I was when I was young – I do know that I wouldn’t be sitting here today. It is my responsibility to now give back and mold tomorrow’s leaders.
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