Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Virginia (BTMVA) works with middle schools, high schools, churches, and other community organizations that serve youth to build a community of mentorship for young men. The goal is to give young men a variety of positive male role models who show up consistently and tell the truth about their struggles as men. We focus on young men aged 12-17 with an emphasis on middle school boys, as this is traditionally a time when boys are still impressionable and open to new ideas. Mentors help young men figure out what kind of an adult man he wants to be, praise him for his gifts, support him when he makes mistakes, and encourage him to make good choices on his path to manhood. The desire is for this to be learned from a positive role model verses someone on the street corner (e.g. gang member or peer). Young men in the program typically come from a single parent-figure household (e.g. mother, grandmother or aunt). They are referred to the program by parents, mental health professionals, teachers and counselors, the court system, social workers, peers and word of mouth.
There are currently eight active Circles in the greater Richmond area serving approximately 90 boys per week. The Circles cover Metropolitan Richmond, located at:
Our programs receive full support from staff, administrators and parents from these various settings.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we will be expanding our presence to three new schools in Chesterfield County: Matoaca Middle School, Bailey Bridge Middle School and Elizabeth Davis Middle School. On the Horizon is the county of Hanover public schools.
Boys to Men Mentoring Network (BTM) was founded in 1996 in San Diego, California. The program has now spread across the United States and has international centers in Canada, Europe, New Zealand and South Africa. At present, there are 23 local centers throughout the world. Originally a community-based program, BTM is now focusing on building partnerships with schools and other community organizations to create site-based mentoring programs.
In 2009, Richmond native Steve Martin founded the local Richmond chapter (BTMVA) after working for several years with young men from Richmond through the auspices of the Washington D.C. chapter. BTMVA was incorporated as an independent BTM chapter in 2010 and received 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status in 2012.
Boys To Men Mentoring Network of Virginia is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation | Tax ID #27-2354386
12311 Stancroft Road
Rockville, VA 23146
For more information on how to become a mentor, donate to the program, or other ways to contribute, please contact:
Ron DeMet, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Martin, Program Director: email@example.com