Quality male Mentorship

Circles for boys


We provide mentorship circles for boys in Northern California public schools.

We want all boys to have many positive male role models available so they
can develop positive, healthy masculinity.

Our groups include group games, invitations to share emotionally, and adult men who are ready to listen and encourage.

We never give advice or try to "fix a boy".

Join our Mentor Waiting List!

Join our Wait List for 2021 -2021 School Year. We currently have circles in San Francisco and San Jose.

Emotionally Safe Spaces for Boys

Boys thrive and grow in an environment of care, acceptance and gentle challenge. Our mentors are trained to practice Listening and Encouraging rather than Fixing or Advising.

We have a proven approach that helps boys learn who they are and how they want to express themselves in the world.

Mentors Who Care

Our mentors meet regularly to connect and train on how to best help boys with the unique challenges they face in the 21st century.

We focus on listening, accepting and encouraging and we try not to fix, rescue or advise the boys.

Boys Who Shift the Culture

Schools with Boys to Men programs report that their boys become positive role models in class. Would you like to see this happen in your school?

Hear it from the Boys:

Who we are. What we do.

Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Northern California is fiscally sponsored by Boys to Men USA, a 501c(3) non-profit organization. We provide no-cost mentoring programs for boys to public, private and charter schools and community centers.

Our circles typically include 8-15 boys and 4-5 mentors and last about an hour during school hours. We accept any child in our circles who identifies as "he or him".

Our mentor team is made up of unpaid volunteers who donate 2-3 hours per week of their time and energy to mentorship and administrative activities. Our mentors undergo comprehensive screening and background checks.

Boys to Men NorCal currently has circles in two schools in Santa Cruz and three circles in San Francisco. We intend to grow this to 9 circles, serving 100+ boys in 2021 as we increase our staffing, training and capacity.

Our Programs Get Results!

We have a proven approach that produces real change within young men.

This mentoring model has been a resounding success with school administrators, parents, mentors and, most importantly, the boys.

In 2019, our brother organization Boys to Men Mentoring of San Diego facilitated groups at 35 school partner locations across San Diego County serving over 800 boys on a weekly basis.

In San Diego County alone, more than 12,000 boys and men have participated in the program from 1996-2019.

Boys to Men NorCal is working to bring this level of success to the San Francisco Bay Area as well.

We need volunteers and donations to continue this life-changing program!

Donate to our Yes-vember zoomathon fundraiser!

All donations received before November 30th 2020 will be considered toward our Zoomathon Fundraising goal of $50,000.

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000!
If you are thinking about giving, now is the time!

Thank you!

We have big plans for 2020-2021 and your donations make a difference!

  • Nonprofit Formation: Nonprofit Formation: We have formed a legal California corporation and have received our federal 501c(3) nonprofit filing status.

  • Umbrella for Northern California: We are setting up our business and fundraising infrastructure so we can support communities across all of Northern California in starting their own programs.

  • More Mentors, More Boys, More Circles: More Mentors, More Boys, More Circles: We're hosting a training this spring for new mentors and mentor leads so we can double our mentor base. We intend to expand into at least 5 more schools next school year for a total of 10 circles.