Wackerlin Center collaborates with local Boys II Men organization

Barb Calvert, Director of Programming for the Wackerlin Center, accepts the Year of the Leaders Award award from Clayton Muhammad, Founder of Boys II Men.

Barb Calvert, Director of Programming for the Wackerlin Center, accepts the Year of the Leaders Award award from Clayton Muhammad, Founder of Boys II Men.

This year, the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action at Aurora University began hosting Boys II Men (B2M), an Aurora-based organization that promotes the life-transforming power of education, discipline and service to young men, the second Sunday of each month. The center provided a space where AU student and alumni volunteers could meet with area high school students for mentoring, tutoring and inspirational discussion.

“We wanted to help facilitate a relationship for AU students from the program to continue to meet and also to bring high school students from the area into the conversation,” said Ted Parge, Executive Vice President and Interim Director of the Wackerlin Center.

The AU volunteers spent time guiding high school students and leading workshops on a variety of topics.

“The collaboration with the Wackerlin Center has been a centerpiece to our yearlong 10th anniversary celebration,” said Clayton Muhammad, Founder of B2M. “And Aurora University students play a critical role.”

During the Boys II Men Phenomenal Man Awards in January, the Wackerlin Center received the Year of the Leaders Award in recognition of its support and unprecedented partnership.

“We are honored to have been selected for this award and we believe it represents how the Wackerlin Center is evolving to serve and connect both our internal community as well as greater Aurora,” said Parge.