Intentional Mentoring for Boys
What if you were a 12-year-old boy facing life-changing choices about drugs, gangs or skipping school — and there wasn’t a single adult that you could turn to for advice?
Intentional Mentoring reaches out to young people like this, creating caring adult-youth relationships within a support system that promotes positive development. By helping boys before they ever get into trouble, Intentional Mentoring works to increase graduation rates and empower more boys to become responsible, community members.
A Real Need:
Research overwhelmingly confirms that surrounding young men with supportive, nurturing relationships positively influences their personal and educational development and helps them overcome barriers. These relationships are a key factor in keeping young people healthy and progressing towards success.
A Solid Strategy:
Intentional Mentoring trains a minimum of 15 to 25 men to serve as mentors to boys in programs with a gender- positive curriculum that addresses their unique needs and challenges.
The Intentional Mentoring Infrastructure:
- A framework for after-school programs to create and sustain programs that address the unique needs of boys and the challenges they face.
- Self-assessment tools to gauge program effectiveness.
- Technical assistance and support to foster a gender-positive environment for social-emotional development.