Establishing connectedness, trust and accountability
The Boys Club Network tackles one of contemporary Canada's most mis-understood, under-represented and under-funded social issues - that of mentorless, oftentimes mis-guided young men (sons, brothers, caregivers), floating aimlessly in a sea of more publicized, well-funded social issues.
Boys. A representative percentage (+/- 15%, varies by geographic area) of high-potential Canadian boys and young adults who, through mere circumstance are losing their innocence, happiness and basic human potential to hopelessness, self-medication (drugs and alcohol), and sadly even lawlessness and homelessness.
Contemporary society has unwittingly, in many cases, left boys behind. When the equality pendulum swung so far back to close the large gap of opportunity-inequity between girls and boys, many boys fell through the cracks.
In time the pendulum will swing back to the centre, but in the interim we must help these boys find their way, find themselves, and finish school. We must help them channel destructive behaviours, frustration and anger, into positive behaviours, responsibility and empathy.
Founded by two Vancouver secondary school educators, The Boys Club Network identifies and lifts these lost boys up, and with a proven curricula of H.O.P.E. - Hope, Opportunity, Positive Mentorship and Education, restores their personal accountability, and their confidence in themselves, in adults, and in society's collective future.
The formula is a simple one, based on foundational principles of establishing connectedness, trust, self improvement through education, and accountability. A new BAA (Board Authority Authorized) secondary school curriculum entitled H.O.P.E. for Boys Leadership has been adopted by School District 34 and is in its second, very successful year of instruction.
Currently the Network operates independently with the cooperation of school districts in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Abbotsford, Surrey, Langley, Courtenay, and most recently in Nelson, British Columbia.
Now in its 11th year of mentorship, the Network has 15 BCN Chapters and hopes to expand and reach out to the many more at-risk British Columbia youth waiting for a place in the program.
With the participation and generousity of our committed benefactors and mentors, we do what other organizations cannot or simply will not do.
Our extraordinary success rate represents not only a life-changing gain in human potential, but an incalculable benefit to society.
The Network is grateful for the the attention and mentorship loyalties of some of Canada's most accomplished and principled individuals and community leaders, and also the media who help us educate those affected in the greater community, and spread the word about Boys Club Network educational events.
We invite you to get to know our mentors.
The Boys Club Network is a registered charity (Westcoast Boys Club Network Foundation) and relies solely on small private donations from individuals and community leaders, and in-kind support and assistance from stakeholders like the Vancouver Police Department, BCIT, and district school boards in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Abbotsford, Surrey, Langley, Courtenay and Nelson.
The Network was founded by Secondary Vice Principal Walter Mustapich, and Jim Crescenzo.
And finally - we are often asked what we are doing for girls. Our answer to that question is simple, sincere and endorsed by UN WOMEN (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women); our answer is, the Boys Club Network. See link for details.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, starting a Boys Club Network in your community, or donating, we would be grateful to receive your inquiry via email.
To share wisdom from our mentors and keep up with what we are up to, follow us on Instagram @boysclubnetwork.