Why Your Son Made the Right Decision
Your son has joined a family of young leaders throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties that are dedicated to improving the social and emotional health in our community. All of our members are invested in promoting each other academically, emotionally, mentally and physically. They believe in a genuine brotherhood unlike any other. We believe the values we instill (with your family guidance) will continue with him to college and beyond. While you might hear stories from him about fun social events or running for an officer position, fondly known as a "Pioneer", his Men Moving Mountains experience will grow into something so much more than that. The bonds and life skills he will gain will stay with him for a lifetime.
New Member Period
During the new member period, your son will attend monthly orientation meetings with all of the other new members as well as our general business meetings. It will be required for him to also:
- Complete Application
- Complete Interview with Director
- Complete Interview with Leadership Council
- Attend Big/Little Sister Event(s)
- Attend Leadership/Mentoring Training (15 hours)
- Attend 3 different committee meetings and then commit to committee
- Attend all New Member Orientation Meetings
- Attend all General Meetings before Induction
- Attend at least 3 Member Events during the semester
- Complete at least 6 hours of mentoring hours (can be completed during summer retreats)
Your son will begin to create friendships and also learn about Stand UP Foundation and Men Moving Mountain’s history and values. Upon completion of the new member period, your son will be invited to participate in a meaningful Induction ceremony.
We have created a "Big" Brother component to our programming to help engage, encourage and even mentor our newest potential members as they complete their induction process. As Men Moving Mountains continues to grow, it's critical that no guy get left behind. During the potential new member period guys will be introduced to a variety of members that are committed to helping our new members embrace the organization and their role within it. They will have multiple team building events planned just to get to know these members more personally and help in the selection process. These are events are important for everyone to attend.
To encourage robust friendships among our members, we have implemented our “Green and Blue Teams.” Members will be arbitrarily assigned to a team where they will have healthy and helpful competitions throughout his time with Men Moving Mountains. The Team's chief intention is to create an environment in which support is apparent, and all members can depict the most supportive friendship. A tight-knit community and a supportive environment yield vast success!
Once initiated, your son will enjoy the benefits and responsibilities of lifelong membership. After high school, he’ll become an alumni member of Men Moving Mountains. Alumnus share pride, love and respect for their memberships through initiating change on their college campuses, staying connected and supporting our local chapter at home. No matter how far a member may go for college, we add an additional layer of roots for her back at home.
Developing His Leadership Potential
In addition to running for a position on the leadership council, which he has the opportunity to consider each semester, your son will also be required to attend our annual leadership trainings to continue to support his growth as a leader. He will be given a variety of opportunities to practice his skills. All of the activities we lead require participation from all members!
Supporting His Scholastic Efforts
Last year, 92% percent of our members achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher. Our program has a minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0. To support his academic growth, we have identified our strongest seniors to lead our peer to peer tutoring program.
With Benefits Comes Responsibility
Your son has chosen to become a member of an organization that has high expectations of its members’ behavior. Whether it’s fulfilling his financial obligations or volunteering a certain number of hours in his community, your son is required to uphold all responsibilities of membership. Because our program is peer lead and peer directed, it is essential for each member to follow through with her commitments to the organization and team of members he has joined.
Men Moving Mountains has an internal committee called the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council is comprised of Directors, called “Pioneers” and the Executive Director, who are responsible for enforcing and promoting Men Moving Mountains’s values and expectations. Guys are asked to maintain grades and positive standing in the community throughout their time as members. (This includes their online behavior).
What Happens When He Graduates?
Your son will spend his days in Men Moving Mountains creating lifelong friendships, devoting time to academics and giving back to the community through service. But his MMM experience won’t be over at graduation or our Senior "Grammys". Whether your son is moving to a new city or staying local, he will always stay connected to the members and Executive Director for networking opportunities, friendship and service events. Alumnus are celebrated every Fall for a “Homecoming” that current members organize and put together. Once an alumni, he will be asked back to speak to the current members and lead workshops based on his evolving interests. We will also be seeking interns for various positions in the organization and will first look at alumni.
Generation Stand UP
Generation Stand UP is our Programming where the men from M3 and women from Women Making Waves come together and offer community programming. They have offered this in a variety of ways each year including our community conferences, Music Series at Harbourside and our #Glow2Know Walk. Each year the members assist in designing and delivering an event they would like to host to bring their leadership skills and awareness to our community. Visit our Generation Stand UP Page to see some of the work they have organized. This programming intended for all audiences including teens, parents and the community.
Specific topics of interest have included:
- Loss & Suicide Prevention
- Leadership Skills & College Counseling
- Drug & Alcohol Education
- Safe Use of Technology & Media Literacy
- Body Image & Self-Esteem Building
- Eating Disorder and Awareness
- Media Literacy
- Relationship and Communication Skills
Peer to Peer Mentoring
Our high school members guide about 20-25 hours a year in gender specific mentoring workshops designed for Middle School guys. Our mentoring component is designed for the high school members to be trained to provide our middle school members with the tools to deal with their ever-changing environment and internal landscapes. Their goal is to help instill M3's pillars of academic excellence, selflessness, respect, discipline, and leadership skills throughout each workshop they conduct. They want each member to leave with a newfound confidence as well as the ability to build and maintain healthy, positive relationships. We believe that our a peer-to-peer mentorship program will truly be the best form of creating connection and establishing relationships based on guidance that will last a lifetime. All of our high school members receive 25 hours of training to help them feel equipped to not only lead mentoring groups, but also design lesson plans; identifying supplies, length of time, tools to help ensure their activity is a success and much, much more. Our members receive well-rounded skills that will ensure them success throughout their lifetime.
His Financial Responsibilities
All members are required to pay tuition which covers a variety of components that complete the Stand UP Foundation Experience. The yearly tuition for Stand UP Foundation is $800 a year. We offer multiple ways to access discounts. Students are also required to fundraise $200 through a variety of options offered by SUF to build entrepreneurial skills. (Grants, Donations and fundraising offset the actual cost of $1400 per student for programming.) Tuition covers the Stand UP Foundation expenses to implement the leadership, mentoring and philanthropic programs. It also includes the following for each student member:
Men Moving Mountains Does NOT Discriminate
Men Moving Mountains is a values-driven membership organization. Therefore, those selected for membership in Men Moving Mountains must embody the principles of scholarship, character and standing. They must share an interest in activities, which will enhance the academic atmosphere and have a sincere desire to contribute to promoting social and emotional health in our community. Men Moving Mountains values and is committed to diversity. We never discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or other characteristics protected by state or federal law.
Some of Our Celebrations and Events:
- Founders Day, September 4th
- Community Music Series
- Induction Ceremony
- Senior Oscars
- Homecoming for Alumna
- College Night for Juniors and Seniors
- High School Night for 8th Grade Students
- Annual Middle School Dance chaperoned by high school students!
- Participating in multiple other non-profit fundraisers/events
- Big and Little Sister Events
- Holiday bonding functions
- Sleep Over Training Experiences!
“Make Waves, Move Mountains, Together Motivate Many”
Promoting Social and Emotional Healthy Within Our Community
Our Members are still deciding :)