Brothers, Unite!

In BOTR, I learned how to be a responsible and hard working man – to deal with problems peacefully and stay away from trouble. I learned about brotherhood. BOTR is the best program I have ever been to.

– Carlos & Charlie, Brothers, UNITE! participants

Brothers, Unite! empowers boys to be successful, peaceful, responsible and active in their schools and communities – to grow into young men who are college bound and career ready. The program focuses on man-hood training and mentoring provided by older male youth and adults. After receiving a resiliency-building rites of passage curriculum focused on positive male identity confidence, conflict resolution and coping skills, participants receive leadership training towards the delivery of peer education workshops and social action projects to positively impact their communities. Key modalities are academic support, media literacy and production, as well as athletics, sportsmanship and outdoor education.

 Lift a Brother Up

I’m doing this work to teach male youth to be leaders, and to learn things along with the youth. I never knew how much the community meant to me until I started working with BOTR. I discovered that I really want to work with children of color.

– Freddymar & Charles, Lift a Brother Up participants

Lift a Brother Up exposes young men to community benefit careers and empowers them to achieve success in these professions, particularly within the emerging field of practice working with boys and young men of color. We achieve this with a professional men’s speaker’s series, job training, paid internship, and college prep activities. The program brings local males of color into careers such as education, social work, public health and organizing, in which men are greatly underrepresented yet much needed by boys and their communities.

Brothers Helping Brothers

Thank you for helping me to be here today and not running the streets gang-banging.

– Lamarcus, Brothers Helping Brothers participant

Brothers Helping Brothers has developed models for gender-responsive individual, group and family counseling, as well as case management and crisis intervention to male youth experiencing social-emotional and behavioral issues, with a focus on those affected by violence. Our interventions build life skills to succeed at school, at home and within the community. This service is offered to Brothers, UNITE! and Lift a Brother Up participants as a “wrap-around” support, and may be offered to other youth at schools and agencies through contracts or BOTR’s eventual placement as a County approved Medical provider.

Trail Brothers

Trail Brothers is an environmental education initiative that connects male youth served by BOTR to nature through hiking, camping and other forms of outdoor exploration.

Community Capacity Building and Systems Change

Community Capacity Building and Systems Change, delivered through training, coaching, curriculum, consultation, convening, research and writing, all of which empower schools, nonprofits and public agencies to better serve boys and young men of color.

Common to all these services is a gender-responsive approach for male youth that focuses on building resiliency through core modalities of manhood training and positive rites of passage, media literacy and arts education, and sportsmanship and fitness. We also utilize a cascading mentorship model in which high school aged young men help deliver programs for middle and elementary school boys, and middle and elementary school boys provide peer education as well as lead social action projects addressing important community issues to boys of a younger age. For an organizational flier, click here.

To inquire about our direct services programs, to arrange a training (which may be offered free of charge to Alameda County schools and agencies) or set up a technical assistance package including program curricula, coaching for teachers/providers and consultation for administration, please contact us at or call 510-928-4814