Boys' Town was started in Kaslo in 2011 through a pilot study called "Helping Boys Become Healthy Men". The program has continued since and is currently supported The Vancouver Foundation, Columbia Basin Trust, and by LINKS funding from School District #8. The program is continually evolving to meet the needs of the participants.
Boys' Town participants range from 8 to 12 years of age and they meet once a week after school. Each week, we work to find mentors and give the boys a chance to socialize and learn in new ways while having a lot of fun.
Boys' Town Objectives:
- To improve the capacity of the community to successfully mentor boys by providing local mentors with: useful, evidence-based information; relevant learning opportunities; and a community network for mentoring support that will increase their ability to reach out to this age group.
- To increase engagement of 8 to 12 year old boys in supportive, transformative activities that support healthy self-esteem and positive peer relationships.