Canadian play 'Man Up!' brings powerful message to hopeless young men

Canadian play ‘Man Up!’ brings powerful message to hopeless young men

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In very dramatic fashion, the Vancouver-based Boys Club Network has taken its case for mentoring programs to Parliament Hill.

In front of an audience of MPs and Hill staffers on Nov. 29, professional actors put on a performance of Man Up!, which tells the true story of the Boys Club Network.

The play, which has been performed widely across British Columbia for several years, shows how high school administrator Walter Mustapich and fine arts department head Jim Crescenzo set up a club 10 years ago in East Vancouver for boys who were drifting into crime, drugs and lifelong poverty for lack of positive male role models.

Mustapich and Crescenzo, both Catholics, were present at the event, sponsored by Canada’s Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, MP for Vancouver-South, and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky.

“I was truly lucky to find a mentor in the right time of my life,” Sajjan, a mentor for the Boys Club Network, told the audience. “Another friend of mine ended up six feet under.

This article continues at [Charisma News] ‘Man Up!’ play brings powerful message of mentoring hopeless young men

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