This Saturday, September 23rd, more than 175 surfers will gather at Mission Beach, celebrating their efforts to raise $425,000 for the Boys to Men Mentoring Network in the 100 Wave Challenge. Each surfer raises $1,000 or more and surfs 100 Waves. Many donations are sent based on the surfer’s wave count, making it the equivalent of a surf-a-thon. If everything follows past event trends, we’ll collectively clear half a million dollars by the end of the fundraising window.
So where does this money go? The Boys to Men Mentoring Network is a non-profit organization that creates an on-campus after-school mentoring program an hour a week, through 44 different weekly meetings in 33 different high schools and middle schools across the county. The kids are referred by parents, friends, teachers, school counselors, principals, therapists, judges, and juvenile hall programs, and given the option to attend at their own free will. It’s a place where vetted mentors share their past trials and triumphs in an effort to give youth a place to talk about what’s happening in their lives. Altogether, there are Boys to Men Mentoring Network Chapters across 19 states and several international locations.