Jeff officially promotes Boys to Men Mentoring in campaign for role on Mad Men.

Since the beginning of the “Mad Men Casting Call Competition,” I’ve been amazed by the great support I’ve gotten from my friends, family, my community in N.C. and the advertising/design/marketing communities in the RDU/Triangle area and throughout the country. Incase you don’t know, I’m trying to win a walk on role on the TV Show “Mad Men” by being in the top ten men finalists on Sept. 17th in this contest. I entered the contest on a last-minute whim, using an existing biographical picture recently taken while at an ad agency that closed its doors before it could be used.

Seeking to use this new platform and attention gained through the “Mad Men Casting Call Contest” for more than just winning it, I’ve decided to also help raise awareness and support for Boys to Men Mentoring Network, an organization that mentors youth, in which me and my 15-year old son are involved. I decided to mention and provide links for donations on the blog created after joining the contest: I also have been mentioning Boys to Men at events like the Solas Mad Men Mixer Remix on August 26th, and in conversations with the press. I hope that when I appear on “My Carolina Today” on Sept. 14th (NBC-17, 11 a.m.) and at a upcoming campaign party at Bogart’s Restaurant in Raleigh (time/date TBD) that I’ll also be able to help spread the word in a big way about Boys to Men.

Boys to Men means so much to my son and I. It’s not only helped our relationship, gave us new avenues of communication, but a chance for me to publicly “bless” asa father to his son. We’ve seen such powerful changes happen with all kinds of boys when they go through the Rites of Passage Adventure Weekends (ROPA’s). It means the world for a boy to have a group of men come together to call them into their world. This is something that many boys never experience.

The boys are not only called to begin their journey to manhood (why they are called “journeymen” after a week-end is completed), but are also called to start finding their mission in life. They learn skills to start dealing their emotions, often powerful and suppressed, in productive, and not destructive ways. The boys leave with a sense of their mission, their identity of becoming men, and with tools to deal with emotions. Most importantly, they leave with a community of men to stand behind them on their journey as a group of men commit to help them through localized “journeymen groups (j-groups) in places where these are established. My son and I have just started Boys to Men chapter in Raleigh, and are just starting to build our local community.

Please learn more by clicking the links below, getting involved with a local group, or financial support so that boys, many form underprivileged homes, can afford to travel to these powerful week-ends and be supported by these men.

Boys to Men’s vision is to create communities of men who teach, support, mentor and encourage boys to become compassionate, accountable men.

For more info: Boys to Men Mentoring Network

WHO WE ARE . . . .
a nonprofit 501(c3) corporation created to guide boys 12-17 years of age through their passage to manhood.

We provide boys with mentoring and modeling so that they learn integrity, accountability, compassion and respect.

We help boys develop responsibility and guide them toward healthy manhood.

WHAT WE DO . . .
• Build self esteem
• Provide a unique and safe place where boys can interact with committed, conscientious men
• Encourage boys to be men of honor. To seek and speak the truth.
• Help boys discover and develop their individual strengths, talents and gifts.
• Mentor positive male role models
• Challenge boys to live lives of responsible action and make a meaningful impact in the world.
• Teach boys how to resolve conflicts and ask for forgiveness.
• Support boy’s dreams to find a personal mission
• Praise the greatness in each boy.
• Give our boys hope, confidence and courage.

We endeavor to Mentor adolescent boys on their journey to becoming men of integrity by modeling healthy masculinity, encouraging compassionate self awareness and supporting their emotional growth in an environment that welcomes their adolescent energy.

Journeymen Asheville: Regional Boys to Men Center


Gather your friends, family and coworkers, and join us for
The 100 Wave Challenge!

On Saturday September 18th 2010 at 6:30 A.M.
Surfers will gather at the end of San Fernando Place in Mission Beach to begin what we envision to be an annual event to raise money and awareness for the Boys to Men Mentoring Network. The goal is to spend the day surfing, eating, resting and surfing.

You will have twelve hours to catch 100 waves.



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