MEN ON A MISSION: Supporting Young Men as they Navigate the Uncertain Personal Journey to Adulthood

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford’s Men on a Mission is a group of men from the Greater Hartford region with a shared passion to shape the lives of young men.

Men on a Mission ensures young men in our Clubs have opportunities to learn responsibility, positive behavior, and develop good character through the Club’s Passport to Manhood, an innovative rite-of-passage program designed to guide boys ages 8-17 on their journey to manhood.

Adolescent boys growing up today face more challenges than ever before in their transition to adulthood. And for inner-city youth, overwhelmingly young men of color, those challenges are compounded by factors such as systemic racism, prejudice and stereotyping, the impact of trauma and violence, and disparities in educational and economic opportunities. No young man should feel as if good health, a safe neighborhood, or a good education is beyond his reach.

Men on a Mission is a network of men (and women), started in 2018, that strives to ensure that all boys and young men have the best chance to achieve their greatest hopes and dreams.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

– Frederick Douglass

With an annual gift of $250 (or recurring monthly gifts of $21 or more), members of this network provide funding to the Passport to Manhood program, exposing Hartford boys to positive male role models and teaching participants about personal hygiene, decision making, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, career exploration, and more.


Congratulations to our 2019 Young Man of the Year, Dominic Mendez and Junior Young Man of the Year, Elias Remekie!

Click here to read Dominic and Elias’s essays.


About Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood addresses critical issues that young men face in their passage from boyhood to manhood, such as ethics, decision-making, wellness, ideas about fatherhood, employment and careers, cooperation and conflict, diversity, relationships, and self-esteem. Participants use a “passport” to document their personal journey along life’s experiences while connecting with adult male role models who offer support, guidance, and inspiration for the journey.

Passport to Manhood is built on three pillars:

      • Building a Young Man’s Sense of Self & Purpose
      • A Sense of the Importance of Family
      • A Sense of Leadership and Responsibility to the Community

The goal of each boy’s journey is to become aware of his unique gifts, seek ways to contribute to his family, and learn how to become a valuable member of the community.  Boys are encouraged by male mentors and peers and, at the end of their journey, have a greater sense of self and purpose, an increased awareness of their own inner resources, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man.

Additional support for Passport to Manhood provided by:



Give gifts while giving back to Hartford kids this holiday season.
Check out our online LEGO Auction to benefit our Clubs.

Bidding opens at Midnight on Black Friday, November 27, runs through
#GivingTuesday, December 1, at 8:00pm.

We have a wide range of LEGO items available: The Mandalorian, Lamborghini, Harry Potter's Diagon Alley, The White House, and much more.

To preview our LEGO auction items go to our bidpal site:

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