Introduced by Bill, our speaker Joe Sigurdson- is one of the co-founders of Boys to Men He is a community leader for over 30 yrs.& is proud of 30 yrs of sobriety. Boys to Men Mentoring, started in 1996 as a nonprofit organization that is committed to creating communities of dedicated men who are able to guide and support at-risk, often fatherless, boys on their journey to manhood. Every week,  mentors show up at middle schools, high schools, and community centers to give teenage boys a community of men who listen, encourage, and empower them. Over 75% of the boys currently in the program are growing up without a father. The community based mentoring approach gives boys a
variety of positive male role models who show up consistently, tell the truth about their struggles as men, ask the boys what kind of man gifts, support them when they mess up,
and encourage them to become the man they want to be. They are currently involved with 41 schools and there are hundreds on the wait list. Joe emphasized;  "It’s not for everyone needs it, it’s for everyone that wants it." 92% of the boys going through the program are successful at straightening out.
They raise over $600,000.00 a year with several fundraising
events to run the program.