WHW's 6th Annual Boys2Men
WHW’s 6th Annual Boys2Men was held on Saturday, June 4th in partnership with Orangewood Foundation. Thanks to the Bascom Group, who has sponsored the event for the last four years, 16 young men recently emancipated from Foster Care participated in a day of Empowerment that included breakfast, inspirational presentations, an interactive employment readiness workshop and mock interviews. The highlight of the event was the time that each young man spent with a volunteer executive who acted as personal stylist, helping them to select a suit and all the accessories, as well as a mentor-for-the-day providing for some much needed man to man time.

This year’s event, which has grown each year, included a mini job fair, with three employers who came armed with available jobs: Raising Cane, Reborn Cabinet Inc. and Universal Protection Services. The hope is that the Boys2Men event and time spent with successful businessmen and interviewing with potential employers will plant seeds of encouragement and inspiration for these boys who will need to become men very quickly.

In California 65% of foster youth emancipate without a place to live, 51% are unemployed within 2-4 years of emancipation and 70% of all state prison inmates were in foster care. WHW’s Boys2Men event was created to assist at-risk youth by providing tools, skills and resources to assist them in obtaining gainful employment during a critical point in their lives.
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