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Walking Alone, Running Together: 10th Annual Banquet Fundraiser

posted May 18, 2015, 2:28 PM by Mark Gomez


10th Annual Fundraising Banquet

"Walking Alone... Running Together."

Over the past year, young men of color have had too many reminders that communicate the all too real struggles that we go through.  Having to legitimize our very existence and humanity.  Our young men of color need support in just the natural process of growing up, from boyhood to manhood.  This work cannont be done alone.  It truly takes a community.  This is the theme of this year's banquet.  When it feels like we are walking alone, by ourselves... there is a simultaneous movement building, where together we find collective power to feed our spirit and fight on.  We are running towards a different and better future for our youth.  Come run with us.

9th Annual End of Year Banquet and Fundraiser

posted May 15, 2014, 2:33 PM by Mark Gomez

Over the past few years our community has had to deal with so many changes when it has come to the fundamental work of raising and educating our children towards better futures.  Amidst all of these challenges and uncertainty, the TYME foundation has found ways to continue to offer enrichment opportunities for our youth.  A strong core of volunteering members have tirelessly given their "TYME" to ensure that the Boys to Men and Sisters of Boys to Men after school programs conitnue to orient our students around the four pillars of our organization.


The TYME Foundation and the students we serve contimnue to 
persevere to conitnue the legacy and tradition of Teaching Young Men &  Women EXCELLENCE 

Event Details: 

The early evening will be a celebration of this theme thru Music, Poetry, and Performance.  Please join us for this year's Annual Fundraising Banquet

Feeding the Homeless on Thanksgiving

posted Dec 4, 2013, 10:02 PM by Mark Gomez

For over a decade the Boys to Men program has been feeding the homeless of Los Angeles on Skid Row every Thanksgiving Holiday. The tradition brings our young people pride in community and teaches them service and empathy in the name of all humanity. 

This year the students fed about 200 homeless residents. Vounteers consisted of graduates of the Boys to Men program, current students, and parents, totaling 30 in all. Boys to Men members represented institutions from ICEF Lou Dantzler, John Muir Middle School, Augustus Hawkins High School, Santa Monica City College, and UCLA. 

Our young men and women continue to develop character that follows them throughout their lives, no matter the paths they choose to follow.

End of the Year Banquet is just around the corner

posted May 19, 2012, 3:45 PM by Mark Gomez   [ updated Jun 1, 2012, 5:25 PM by Joe Fazio ]

Our 7th annual fundraising banquet is coming up! We would love to have you all attend.  The details are below. Please consider making a donation to help this year's students raise money to aid the program.  

WHEN: June 9th, 2012 (6:00PM - 10:00PM)
WHERE: 1001 Riverside Drive  Burbank, CA 91506
WHAT: 7th Annual Fundraising Banquet
WHY: Reflection and Celebration with T.Y.M.E. Family and Because we appreciate and need your support

To buy tickets or donate, please click here.

Reading Malcom to Read Our World

posted Mar 25, 2012, 10:23 AM by Mark Gomez

Ideas in Malcom X biography evoke live discussion
Class reading Malcom X
As in years passed... our students are learning to read their world around them utilizing a seminal text, Malcom X's autobiography.  The students read through the life of one of the world's most prolific revolutionaries.  They are able to draw upon their own life experiences and relate them to those of Malcom's, uncovering and exploring relevant issues of race, class, oppression, and transformational resistance.  This book continues to be an inspiring text for our students in the program.  

Boys to Men and Sisters of BTM go see Red Tails

posted Feb 18, 2012, 11:58 AM by Mark Gomez   [ updated Feb 18, 2012, 3:07 PM ]

There is nothing like going to see a good movie.  Especially when that movie attempts to tell the stories of injustice and racial oppression often overlooked by history.  The movie Red Tails tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.  Our students got to experience this important historical narrative on an outing to this year's Pan African Film Festival... which ends this Monday.  If you haven't gone, GO!!!

Special Thanks to LA's Promise for helping our students attend with tickets... More adventures to come. Stay tuned!

Boys to Men Returns to John Muir!!!

posted Jan 29, 2012, 11:08 PM by Mark Gomez

After half a year of hiatus, the Boys to Men after school enrichment program is starting back up at John Muir Middle School. Staff and students are excited by its return.  The program will begin this week and run Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  Executive director and founder Mr. Rector will be heading a new cast of volunteers with an old school commitment to Teaching Young Men Excellence!  Come out and support or spread the word to any John Muir Students.

Tickets on Sale Now for End of the Year Banquet!!!

posted May 8, 2011, 10:30 PM by Mark Gomez

Its that time of year again.  This year's banquet  aims to be as fun and entertaining as last year's. With special guest host Jamie Jones of All 4 One musical fame, the theme this year is Bridging the Gender gap.  The need to serve the young ladies of John Muir Middle School has always been a pressing one and even as the Boys to Men after school program served hundreds of young at risk boys over the years, the young women on campus have struggled to have their own sustainable space.  This year, our program sought to merge those two needs together to provide a successful program to ALL the kids who enrolled... Come join us and celebrate the year's achievements and help our fund-raising efforts. You can buy you tickets online here:

A busy start to 2011!!!

posted Apr 15, 2011, 12:22 PM by Mark Gomez

It has been a very eventful Spring! So much so that we haven't had a chance to update you on all the things our Boys to Men After School program participants have been up to.  So let's catch you up...

The New Year began with some spice as our students got the opportunity to learn more about an exciting  form of artistic expression, one that blends elements of both Black and Brown culture! In learning how to dance "Salsa", our boys and girls understood more deeply the "movement" behind certain movements! You can see photos in our gallery... The kids continue to take Salsa lessons after school every Tuesday in the program thanks to Ms. Adunni our dance instructor.

The students have also been hard at work studying the history of one of our country's most unfortunate episodes of injustice.  In studying the tragic events surrounding Emmit Till's death and the trial of his murderer's, the kids understand the systems of oppression that still plague our nation.  Yet through dramatic role play and recreation of the courtroom, our boys and girls are able to see the possibilities our justice system can offer in transformational social change.  More about the Emmit Till story can be found here:  and

Other topics the after school program has been able to delve into include financial literacy lectures with our good friends from US Bank and Hygiene and the history of the Barbering Arts with our friend "Q" the Barber. 

The kids have also been able to venture out to see some exhibits both at the Museum of Natural History, "Gershwin Alone" at the Pasadena Playhouse and the IMAX theatre.

In the coming weeks we will be learning about film and book publishing with a series of lectures from our friends at Cyber Studios in Culver City.  We will also be visiting the Pasadena Playhouse again to see "Twist" in June.

We will also be preparing for our two big end of the year events, our 4th Annual Rites of Passage Camping trip and our End of the Year Fundraiser Banquet.  Stay tuned for more updates!

The Latest for BTM After School...

posted Nov 1, 2010, 11:57 AM by Mark Gomez

The year has gotten off to a good start. Despite severe budget cutbacks at every level, the after school program continues to exist in much the same formation as it did last year at John Muir Middle School.  The beginning of this year saw the opportunity for students to participate in an important study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study looked at the issues facing young men of color in three major U.S. cities including N.Y.C, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  The Boys to Men program was chosen to be part of this study, providing the researchers with a much needed to hear perspective.  This year has also seen collaboration with U.S. bank as students had the opportunity to become more literate in personal finances...

This week the boys and girls will get a chance to see the L.A. Clippers and FDR at the Pasadena Playhouse... Check out our calendar on the upcoming events page!!!

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