Maine Boys to Men was founded in 1998 as a community coalition to support the positive and non-violent development of boys. Initially, the coalition brought together a team of educators, health care experts, representatives from leading non-profits, members of the business community, parents, and, of course, boys themselves. Through a year-long process of research and discussion, the steering committee determined that an annual conference should be the centerpiece of the group's initial efforts. In 2004, after six years of success, Maine Boys to Men organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Since then, Maine Boys to Men has expanded direct programming to serve girls, boys, and adults with leadership programs that empower participants to carry on this important work within their communities.