Ali's Men is a mentorship program that pairs 5th-12th grade boys, Ali's Men(tees), with adult men, Ali's Men(tors), who serve as excellent role models for young men. Inspired by the life and legacy of the great heavyweight champion and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, Ali's Men has provided a safe space for young men to express themselves and develop healthy friendships with other young men and mentors since 2016.
This program operates weekly:
On Tuesdays (middle school cohort - 5th-8th grades) from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
On Thursdays (high school cohort - 9th-12th grades) from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
RiseBoro Community Partnership - Beacon (IS 562)
125 Covert Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207
T: (718) 381-9653 x 264
The guiding principles and codes include:
"Training Camp" - Mentors & Mentees participate in activities that focus on health promotion which will prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease & STDs.
"Watching Tape" - Refers to the legacy of legendary Black & Latino male sports figures, leaders, educators & freedom fighters. We expand each mentees' knowledge, understanding & respect for historical figures through cultural exploration, critical analysis & sustained reflection.
"Rules of the Bout" - We cultivate strategies to help mentees navigate systems where their gender and race are criminalized. Know Your Rights, racist incident based trauma, & police interaction workshops will be facilitated to prepare young men for the challenges they face in society.
"Good Corner-men" - Fostering brotherhood among mentors & mentees provides a forum that empowers boys to share their truths & become intellectually prepared to debate constructively while respecting others.
"Rent for Your Room on Earth" - According to this Muhammad Ali quote, service to others is a necessary component of a life well lived. Mentees will identify and participate in service learning activities which build civic engagement, leadership and community connection in the forms of food drives, & participation walks for Diabetes, Heart Disease, & AIDS research.
Service projects will be held once a month and will take place on weekends and during school breaks. Participants will meet a minimum of 2 hours weekly in mentorship activities.