According to 72.2 % of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America.
Statistics show that boys who grow up in fatherless homes are more likely to be poor, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, dropout of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems.
Boys II Men was created to help fight the effects of fatherlessness. Boys II Men is a mentor program at Beech Elementary designed specifically for fatherless 3rd-5th grade boys that are beginning to display the negative effects of living in a fatherless home. This program is intended to show these young men that there are safe, stable, consistent men in the world who care about them.
Statistics can be found at www.fathers.com. A great resource for further study into the consequences of fatherlessness.
HOW IT WORKS
Mentees are nominated by parents, grandparents and teachers at Beech Elementary. Each mentors will be matched with one or two boys who he will meet with and mentor throughout the entire school year.
Mentor time is limited to just one 30-40 minute lunch period each week. Mentors will bring a lunch (and mentees always love it if they bring them a little something too) and meet in the school library.
Over lunch mentors and mentees will talk about life, school and what it means to be a man. Each week a different virtue of being a man is discussed. Some weeks, there will be special projects provided for you to complete together.
The desired outcome is for the boys to be impacted by the influence of a positive male role model, and to take this knowledge and practice it in their own homes, both now and in the future!
WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT?
Our curriculum* goes through nine virtues of being a man. Each week, a parent’s guide will be sent home letting the child’s family know which virtue was discussed and will include helpful application tips for them to review together as a family.
*Our curriculum is an adaptation of “Blueprint for Manhood” by Urban Youth Workers Institute.
9 VIRTUES OF A MAN
character ~ honesty ~ forgiveness ~ righteous anger ~ reliability ~ entrepreneurship ~ future-mindedness ~ communication skills ~ diligence
Last year, Boys II Men Program Director & Founder, Zach Ritz, and assistant & co-founder, Amanda Ward, were nominated for the “Good Apple Award” for their partnership with Wichita Public Schools.
The Good Apple Award program allows schools and administrative support centers to recognize employees, volunteers, and school partners who provide exemplary service to the district and its students.
Zach Ritz is a man of faith, a man of conviction, and of passion. He desires for every fatherless boy to receive mentoring in the city of Wichita and has recruited strong men of character to help make sure that is possible. His prayer is that Boys II Men will impact the next generation of men who won’t be perfect, but who won’t give up - the next generation of men who will work hard for their wives and children, who protect the weak, and who will become positive male role models to their own children.
WANT TO CHANGE A LIFE?
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or partnering with us on this mission, please fill out the form below. Our program director, Zach Ritz, will be in touch with you.
1830 S. Cypress Street
Wichita, KS 67207