Surfing + Community
Lifelong Well-being & Success
Changing at-risk youth lives through surfing!
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Boarding House Mentors (“BMH”) is a non-profit volunteer youth surfing organization established in 2002 to transform the lives of under-served youth through participation in surfing; to fulfill this mission, BHM creates a safe and supportive youth and mentor community environment, inspiring among the youth, positive self-image, confidence, healthy lifestyles and encouraging respect for the community and the ocean environment.
Surfing is a challenging sport that requires the development of physical and mental skills as well as the persistence and adaptability to ever-changing ocean conditions. Through each successive community surf gathering on summer weekends, the youth originate and develop the skill set necessary to meet and overcome the sport’s challenges, and learn to master basic surfing skills. Through this supportive surf community, it is hoped that the youth shall develop confidence to explore and potentially master life’s other challenges and new experiences, and it is our sincere hope that youth, mentors and volunteers alike will adopt and pursue surfing on their own after the program ends, as well as having discovered the potential for positive change, healthy living, and respect for the environment.
The original volunteers for BHM recruited volunteer surfers and a youth leader from the local community brought some young boys and girls from his mentor program along with their adult mentors to the first Boarding House surf session held on Bay Street Beach, south of the Santa Monica pier on June 6, 2002. It was a huge success. The volunteers had a great time working with these boys and girls who never dreamed they could have so much fun. One surf instructor volunteer said, “We came to inspire these kids, but we are the ones who were inspired.” The experience opened up a whole new world to the youth as before that day, many had never been to the beach. They felt a great sense of accomplishment and exhilaration when they stood up and rode the waves for the first time. More importantly, they discovered a new community that welcomed them as “surfers”. They held their heads high, walked taller and smiled from ear to ear. BHM has been inviting under-served youth mentor programs and their youth participants to Will Rogers Beach ever since that first day and we continue to seek out new opportunities to expand our community to more youth in the Greater Los Angeles area.
What We Do
Board of Directors
What We Do
Boarding House Mentors introduces under-served youth to the exhilaration of surfing. By expanding life experiences with healthy ocean activities, we encourage positive self-esteem and confidence.
Pass the Stoke Surf Community
Pass the Stoke Fundraisers
Wetsuit and Surf Trunk Drives
Like every non-profit we wouldn't exist without the generosity of our sponsors. Here are the wonderful companies that help us out:
Our Food sponsors allow us to offer kids and volunteers lunch after a hard day on the beach.
If you would like to be a food sponsor, please contact Trini Ornelas at firstname.lastname@example.org
BHM invites youth-oriented programs in the greater Los Angeles area, who's missions are to provides shelter to homeless, refugees, abuse, or neglected children, or provides mentoring to youth who are underserved or at-risk, to join in the summer fun. BHM serves youth ages 8-17. Youth organizations must provide transportation and chaperones.
LAPD Jeopardy Program
Casa Libre/Freedom House
A Place Called Home
Santa Monica Youth and Family Center
LAPD Cadet Program
Para Los Ninos
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Current Youth Organization
Must be an organization that works with youth between the ages 8-17.
Must be able to provide transportation.
Must be able to provide 1 Chaperones per 5 youth.
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Our Volunteers hail from all walks of life
with the shared desire to Pass the Stoke
of surfing to our youth participants. They are the backbone of our organization. There are a variety
of volunteer positions open, in and out of
1. Volunteer must pass a criminal background check.
2. Volunteer must be 16+
3. It is recommended volunteers attend all sessions, but not required.
4. This Year BHM Surf Sessions will be 6 consecutive surf sessions from July 9th to August 13th!