Our largest program, the in-school group mentoring, allows us to work directly with boys on a weekly basis throughout the academic year. By partnering with various school partners around the Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio metropolitan areas, school administrators help us identify boys who are at-risk of educational failure, dropping out of school, juvenile delinquency, or engaging in gangs. Additionally, Boys to Men groups are open to all boys so we also have boys from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds making our group circles diverse and dynamic.
In addition, 40% of our current program participants are fatherless, and over 95% are on free or reduced lunch.
Our community mentoring approach is drawing high praise from school principals, administrators and teachers for its documented ability to improve the academic performance, attendance, and attitude as well as reduce disciplinary issues, expulsion, and dropout rates of their most at-risk boys. School records show boys who participated for one school year improved their GPA by an average of 27% and their discipline incidents declined by 85%.
We utilize multiple methods to evaluate our impact including surveys, GPA and behavioral data, attendance, and testimonials.