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Boys to Men Program

Fostering Long-Term Academic Success in Men of Color Students
Boys to Men with Dr. Williams

Boys to Men is a mentoring program is designed to help men of color navigate through the college experience. The program 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 through the college and within the community. Through our monthly workshops and seminars, members will have the opportunity to discuss topics on financial literacy, academic scholarship, mental health care, and career development.

Program Benefits

In addition to receiving mentorship, the program offers:

  • Small group weekly or monthly meetings with mentors.
  • An open space for members to express their interests, values, and beliefs.
  • Access to information on college and community resources.
  • Connect with members of the MC (Montgomery College) community and build your network.
  • The opportunity to engage in deep and meaningful conversations that will expand your experiences and knowledge on assorted topics.

Membership Requirements 

In order to participate and fully benefit from BTM (Boys to Men), members must comply with these requirements:

  • Complete the BTM intake form.
  • Complete their first intake session with a BTM mentor.
  • Meet with a BTM mentor a minimum of 2 times each semester.
  • Attend weekly or monthly group meetings.
  • Must be a Montgomery College student.
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 semester hours.
  • Participate in community services events led by the program. 

The Matters of the Mind and Money Colloquium

For the apring 2023 semester, the Boys to Men Program in collaboration with Counseling and Advising, Student Employment Services, Scholarship Office, Office of Financial Aid, Educational Opportunity Center,  First Year Experience Program, and Learning Support Services will be providing the Matters of the Mind and Money Colloquium (MMMC). A seven-week program designed to teach students how to identify different college funding sources, provides a guide to legitimate scholarship resources, learn the basic components of financial literacy, and discuss successful steps to transfer planning. Upon successful completion of the program students will receive a $500-dollar scholarship as well as valuable resources. To apply to become a member of the Boys to Men Program and the Matters of the Mind and Money Colloquium, you must complete the applicationnew window before it closes on February 4, 2023.

The colloquium was designed for the following; however, all students can apply: 

  • Montgomery College Student 
  • Enrolled in at least 6 semester hours for the spring 2023 semester
  • First-time college student (Freshmen with less than 16 credit hours)
  • Male Student of Color
  • Interested in Becoming a Boys to Men Member 
  • A student who has not received services from other supportive programs at the college.  

Students accepted into the Matters of the Mind and Money Colloquium must complete the following to obtain the 500-scholarship.

  • Student must attend every session (in-person) on campus.  
  • Must arrive on time for each session  
  • Attend the entire session from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Student must participate in session activities
  • Complete every pre-and post-surveys for attendance  
  • Must apply to two scholarships  

We are hosting two virtual information sessions for prospective applicants about the Matters of the Mind and Money Colloquium on the following days:

  • December 1, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.
  • December 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m .

The sessions provide information on the colloquium and Boys to Men program. We discussed the criteria for the 500-dollar scholarship and the resources provided by the program. To attend a session, students can email us at BoystoMen@montgomerycollege.edu and we will send you the link to ZOOM to participate.  

Colloquium Dates 

Boys to Men Program

Each colloquium session is from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 220, Student Services Center (SV) on the Rockville campus except February 28.

  • February 7
  • February 21
  • February 28, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (Takoma Park and Silver Spring Campus)
  • March 7
  • March 21
  • April 4
  • April 18
  • May 2 

For more information about the Boys to Men Program please email us at BoystoMen@montgomerycollege.edu or call Professor Antonette Jones at 240-567-5098. 

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