“If we desire a society in which men are brothers, then we must act towards one another with brotherhood because brothers don’t let each other wander in the dark alone.”
“Creating SOS was more than simply creating a new organization, it was about birthing a movement to raise thoughtful, ambitious, and powerful young men who will one day change the world. My dedication to this work is continuously reinforced by the impact we have on our children, and also by the daily impact they have on us. I could not imagine my life without them in it"
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Near Peer Mentoring
Monday meetings focusing on and instilling the values of the program (Visionary Goal Setting, Self Determination, Presentation, Accountability, Integrity, Positive Emotion Expression, and Respect for Women).
Wednesday tutoring for our boys to receive additional academic attention outside of the classroom in order to improve their understanding of different subjects and in turn their grades and classroom performance.
Activities, presentations, & discussions to facilitate learning outside of the classroom. The purpose is to teach life skills and other pertinent information that will you help you succeed that might not be taught in the classroom,
Field Trips, Tours,
& Comm. Service
At SOS we educate and interact with our boys in a variety of environments. We believe it is important that we show the importance of giving back to your community or seeing renown learning institutions first hand.
Students learn to identify and respect societal values and to conduct themselves in accordance with those values. Students learn that a man’s word should have meaning and that a man’s integrity is dependent on keeping that word. Students learn that a man is someone who is reliable, honest, and in touch with his integrity and is aware when he is lacking. He makes amends when he is out of integrity and does what he says he is going to do.
Students learn that they should be responsible for the choices they make. Students take ownership for their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Students learn that a man does not project or put blame onto others for the consequences of his own bad decisions. A man can feel anger, sadness, or fear, but he must own his reactions to his emotions.
Students learn the importance of focus and perseverance for reaching one’s goals. Students learn to deal with self-defeating feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that can become obstacles or barriers to goal attainment. Students learn that self-doubt, uncertainty, and moments of weakness are natural when attempting to reach a goal.
Positive Emotion Expression
Students learn that negative emotions (anger, sadness, fear, doubt, self-pity, inadequacy) are normal and that they can be expressed in a constructive manner. This skill allows for the alleviation of these feelings and becomes a bridge for goal attainment. Students learn anger management coping skills, such as deep breathing exercises to elicit a relaxation response. Students also learn other effective techniques to express anger that avoids typical negative consequences (i.e. suspensions, arrests, damaged relationships, etc.).
Respect for Women
Students will learn the importance of respecting the value of women starting with their mother, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, etc. Students will learn the art of chivalry and behaving as a gentleman. A true man will never lay his hands on a woman and respects the wishes she expects for herself. Students will learn how to be respectable men of society, learning to see women as their equals and how to empower them.
Visionary Goal Setting
Students will learn the difference between short-term goals and how to create realistic steps toward goal attainment. Students will learn to envision their manhood in the future and to make clear connections between their current behaviors, attitudes, and values to their vision. During this intense phase, students aim to get in touch with traumas, pain, and faulty thinking patterns that cause them to act in negative, destructive manners. They learn how to heal these parts of themselves and how to use this revitalized energy toward attaining their vision.
Students will learn the importance of knowing how to dress for different occasions (casual, business casual, business, and formal). Students will be required to dress up at least once a month in order to showcase their ability to put these skills to use. Students will also learn skills such as how to give a proper handshake and business etiquette.