you for the awesome weekend my son had up the Boulder
Creek initiation. I thought the first program he attended
was amazing, but this one really put a lot of struggles
behind him (and need to). You've all proving once again
that actually does take a village. I and many other parents
are very grateful that you are there for these young men
and us. Thank you!"
- JG, parent of YMUW graduate
I do revolves around the values that I gained from the
YMUW. Now it is a way of life for me. It has given me
a purpose. Today my life is about what I can do for others.
Since my Weekend, I have helped produce six Young Men's
Ultimate Weekends. I also mentor young men on a daily
basis. I am making sure that we, as a society, don't forget
about young men."
- Nick B., YMUW graduate
The Young Men's Ultimate Weekend was founded by Dr. Mark
Schillinger in 2000. Mark was inspired by Brad Leslie
who started a weekend mentoring program for young men
in Vancouver, Canada in 1990. Mark took his son to this
program and when he returned he knew he needed help raising
his son as a single-parent. He put out a call for help
in the Bay Area and with the commitment and cooperation
of dozens of caring mothers, fathers, and mentors, the
YMUW 501(c)3 Public Benefit Corporation was established.
At our first Young Men's Ultimate Weekend in Fairfax California,
over 200 young men showed up to receive their initiation.
Expecting possibly a few dozen young men, that experience
turned out to be an initiation for the board members and
their volunteer mentors as well! Since that event, YMUW
initiations have been held in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento,
Sonoma, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Over the years YMUW has helped other organizations who've been in need of our services. The following is a partial list of places where our efforts were used: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (South Dakota), Marin Women's Hall of Fame, California Youth Authority, Glide Memorial Church and
To realize our goal of spreading YMUW throughout the country, we added our first affiliate, YMUW of
South Bay in November, 2006. IN 2012 YMUW was one of 25 organizations selected to participate in
the first international Rite of Passage Council.
The board members of the South Bay and North Bay meet regularly
to oversee the quality control of its programs and make
policies regarding fundraising efforts, volunteer recruitment,
legal issues, and strategic planning.
and men of all racial, ethnic and social classes are welcome
to serve on our Board of Directors. We ask that all prospective
Board members be willing to make a commitment to provide
leadership within our committees and contribute to an environment
of mutual trust and respect to achieve our Mission.
Dave Bohegian - President
Co-owner and founder of Martorana Bohegian & Company,
a commercial real estate consulting firm. Extensive involvement
in Marin youth sports including coaching Girls Soccer, Boys
Soccer, Little League Baseball, and assistant coach for
Tamalpais High School Tennis (Girls and Boys). Past member,
San Rafael School District Facilities Advisory Committee.
Entrepreneur and small business owner, Brendan has extensive
experience working with youth including tutoring with WITSChicago.org
(Working in the Schools), mentoring with ROCKSF.org (Real
Options for City Kids) and coaching YMCA basketball and
football. He is dedicated to helping young people realize
they posses the keys to their own futures.
Co-Founder of The Respect Institute, whose mission is to give youth tools to become more self respectful and thrive. She's led youth oriented programs nationally and internationally and has taught programs for the National Charity League, American Association of University Women, Planned Parenthood, YPO-WPO and at universities.
Dr. Mark Schillinger, Co-founder
Dr. Mark Schillinger, DC specializes in male adolescence and family unity, serving as a parent coach and youth mentor . He's the co-founder of YMUW and creator of Challenging Teen Age Sons, which educates parents how to direct their sons to become more independent. He teaches the Ultimate Parenting Weekend which show parents and their sons how to develop more cooperative / collaborative relationships
Involved with men's teams, mentoring young men and volunteering at various community service projects since 1999. Steven is married, has a daughter and twin sons, and is a staff accountant at the Boy Scouts of America.
Volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Santa Clara County
Juvenile Probation Restorative Justice Program, Parental/Teen
Stress Hotline and City of Palo Alto - Family Resources
- Mental Health Counseling. Brian is married with two
stepchildren. Brian has 2 degrees: BA in Industrial Organizational
Psychology and a MA in Marriage and Family Counseling.
Michael Putnam Has worked with many local nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, The Role Model Program, City Team Ministries and United Way. Owner of a promotional marketing and printing company in the Bay Area, Michael has worked extensively with youth camps through CCUSA both in Australia and the US and has been a volunteer with the YMUW since 2005.
Our services and events have been featured throughout the
media. Each piece has practical information, inspiring stories
or inviting images about our experiences with young men
and their families.
Video Enjoy the 5 minute video clip of the Weekend produced
by our volunteer, Navyo Ericson, with original music by
our volunteer, Steve Fox.
Periodically we send out newsletters and announcments, giving
you more information about upcoming events and services.
Any information obtained in the process is secure.
YMUW stands ready to serve the needs of young men, their
families and our communities. You can contact us in a number
of ways. Feel free to call us using our toll free number,
send us mail through the post, or send an email to one of
1050 Northgate Drive, Suite 1 - Patio Level
San Rafael, CA 94903