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Boys to Men Program

Fostering Long-Term Academic Success in Men of Color Students
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Boys to Men (BTM) is a mentoring program aimed specifically at the retention of Men of Color at Montgomery College. BTM seeks to foster a greater degree of academic success, student activism, and personal responsibility. Students enrolled in our program will learn about various support services and resources available at college and within the community. They will also receive one-on-one mentoring from a professional mentor. 

Program Benefits

As a Boys to Men member, you will:

  • Be provided an open space to express your interests, values, and beliefs
  • Participate in individualized mentor sessions to discuss your progress and wellness
  • Learn about college and community resources
  • Connect with members of the MC community and build your network
  • Engage in deep and meaningful conversations that will expand your experiences and knowledge on various subjects/topics

Program Requirements

  • Once a member you are required to complete monthly check-in sessions with your assigned mentor every fall and spring semesters.
  • Once a member, you are required to complete monthly check-in sessions with your assigned mentor every fall and spring semesters.
  • Members are also required to complete a minimum of 2 academic advising sessions with a Counselor or program advisor every fall and spring semesters.
  • Group meetings are also provided semesterly to provides students information scholarships, career opportunities, transfer resources, wellness, and more. See dates below for the meeting for the fall or spring semester.

How to Join

Complete the intake form and a Boys to Men mentor will follow up with you through email to schedule a first time BTM introductory meeting. The meeting will give new members the opportunity to discuss the expectations of the program and provided services.

The Boys to Men program is for:

  • MC students who are enrolled at the College
  • Men of Color

Request More Information

If you would like more information on the BTM program please email us at BoystoMen@montgomerycollege.edu

 

Meeting Schedules

Boys to Men Program

Boys to Men Mentoring Program is having meetings online (available through smartphones, tablets, PCs, and laptops) for current and prospective members during the Fall semester 2021. Members will receive the ZOOM link for each meeting to their college email.

Each meeting - 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

  • September 14 – Boys to Men Fall 2021 Orientation for New and Current Members
  • October 26 – Midterm Check-In Session
  • November 30 – Semester Check- In

*This program is funded by an Acacia Foundation Grant. 

Testimonials

Mentor Yannick Diouf

It’s been almost a decade since I joined the Boys to Men club at Montgomery College. I joined as an undocumented Black freshmen from a low-income single mother household who served as a father figure to my siblings but lacked one myself—until I was introduced to Boys to Men.

I was able to receive the intellectual, emotional and logistical support I needed from Gus and the Boys to Men community in the tremendous task of navigating higher education as an undocumented, first generation, and low-income young Black man. I was able to attend Montgomery College then graduated with my Bachelors in Business from University of Maryland, College Park. Through Boys to Men, I was able to attend conferences, meet influential figures, and expand my horizons to what is possible. 

 I am now in the finance industry as a Relationship Manager at Fannie Mae, a $3.5 trillion company in assets and a secondary mortgage leader. I also serve as Co-founder and Finance Director of UndocuBlack Network, a national organization for Black undocumented immigrants. I also plan on pursuing an MBA in the near future. 

Throughout my time in school as well as the professional world, Gus has remained someone I know that I can trust and go to for advice. As someone navigating America as a first-generation immigrant, I am appreciative of the male role models I and my younger brother have been able to tap into at Boys to Men.

Yannick Diouf
University of Maryland College Park '16
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Business Management 

I'd like to say that the Boys to Men program has been very helpful in introducing me to the plentiful resources at MC. It's a reliable support system for any type of situation. The management is great and are always looking out for your best interest.

I would like to thank you Mr. Ayers personally, because without his help, I wouldn't have known as much about MC on my own. He has been a great help.

Ange Patrick Amessan, MC Student, BTM Member

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