MENtors supports boys, men and fathers to achieve healthier social and emotional development, that will enrich their awareness, engagement and connection, and help each to build lasting relationships with one’s self, interpersonally, with their families and the greater community.
MENtors is committed to driving positive and sustainable change for boys and men, empowering them to fulfill their ambitions and full potential, even for those facing injustice, as healthy members of their families and communities.
This year, we would like to create a team of 100 men in Santa Cruz County to serve and support local boys, young men, men, and fathers. Your donation will help us to recruit, engage, train and support these men who will coach and mentor boys and men.
Currently, we provide weekly programs to boys and young men in four middle schools and one high school. We host four father involvement and co-parenting classes to enhance fatherhood roles, strengthen parent-child relationships, and promote team parenting. We also host two community engagement conferences, focusing on issues that affect and impact boys, men and fathers in our community. We have recruited 20 local volunteers to support multi-generational, cross-cultural and cross-geographical mentorship roles.
Before the group, I struggled extremely with self-awareness and emotional health. Ever since joining MENtors and engaging in the program, I have become significantly better at understanding myself as a man. I have also become a better person along the journey because of the guidance the program gave me.
J.M., 17-year-old student, Santa Cruz High