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Jacome Named First Hispanic Executive Director of BTMT

Well-known nonprofit leader and long-time historic preservationist, Felipe Carlos Jacome (M.A. 1982, B.A. 1979), is the new Executive Director of Boys to Men Tucson (BTMT). Mr. Jacome joins BTMT with more than 30 years’ experience in senior management at a variety of local nonprofit, direct service organizations. Jacome will lead development and community outreach activities in Southern Arizona and manage collaborative efforts with other nonprofits, the schools, staff, volunteers and the community at-large.

A Tucson native, Jacome is widely known for his work in philanthropy, historic preservation, the arts, geriatric health care, and social service program development in postings at Episcopal Community Services, Catholic Community Services, the Tucson Museum of Art, and the Arizona Historical Society. In addition, he served as Policy and Funding Coordinator for the Arizona Technology Assistance Program (AzTAP), serving persons with disabilities statewide at Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Human Development.

“Our community’s at-risk and underserved teenaged boys desperately need qualified and well-trained adult male mentors to better cope with the consequences of growing up without an accountable and caring adult male in their lives,” said BTMT Board Chairman, John Hudak. “Since March 2009, our work has been to encourage, screen, train, and support adult men in Tucson to be able to teach, support, mentor, and encourage boys to become compassionate, sincere, and accountable men. Recently we received significant funding from the Arizona-based Del E. Webb Foundation to professionalize our service model in Tucson.”

“The national statistics relating to the status of American boys aged 11–17 are scary; one in three U.S. children are born to unmarried parents, since 1960 the rate of boys without fathers has quadrupled, and over 33% American boys are growing up without a father or male adult in their lives (in Tucson this figure is higher, estimated at around 40%),” said former Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup. “Felipe was very effective in his former roles with both the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, and the CareGiver Training Institute, particularly in developing their volunteer, direct service, and fund raising programs. I am excited to know that Felipe will be engaged in strengthening the scope and reach of BTMT’s group mentoring efforts in local high and middle schools to better serve the needs of unparented, disadvantaged teens in our community.”

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”—Frederick Douglas

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