Founded in 1996, Boys to Men is a mentoring program for teenage boys. It made its way into the public school system in 2009, and it’s also made its way into elementary schools, including McNair Elementary.
Assistant Principal Mike Astudillo was picked to lead the program by the school’s principal. Astudillo worked with school counselors and fifth and sixth grade teachers to find boys who would benefit from the program.
The after-school club has taught its members how to tie a tie and master a firm handshake. It’s also taken them on field trips to a nursing home and to George Mason University.
Before coming to McNair, Astudillo was the assistant principal at Chantilly High School. Astudillo says he often wished he could take them back in time.
“I wished I could take them five to 10 years ago and take them to places so they could physically see and touch and smell and be in that environment, so that one day they would know that exists and not just be told by adults that have been there,” said Astudillo. “It’s just kind of neat that I can actually do that now.”