Forming Tomorrow’s Leaders

Real Men Real Leaders consists of concerned community members in Garden City, Kansas who mentor local youth. We guide these young men and offer life skill training so they can become the Real Men and Real Leaders their communities need.

Real Men Real Leaders is a free program for boys in fifth and sixth grade from Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center, St Mary School, and Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center.

Our goal is to provide these boys, and their families, with connections to community resources and to support them in successful peer and family relationships.

Real Men Real Leaders Core Values

The students can earn 8 challenge coins while in the two-year program, but will earn so much more than the coins.

Many people have gone further than they thought they could because someone thought they could.

Our Instructors

Jonas Cruz

After School Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Garden City, KS and attended St. Mary’s School through 8th grade, and graduated from Garden City High School. Jonas served in the US Army and was deployed with the 467th Engineer Platoon in 1990 for Desert Shield/Storm and was awarded the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

After returning home, he completed GCCC with an Associate degree and joined the family’s three businesses, which have been running for over 25 years. Now working for UPS, and proud to be the After School Program Coordinator of Real Men Real Leaders.

Jonas is married and has 2 adult children.


Octavio Ortega headshot

Octavio Ortega

Assistant Coordinator

Octavio was born in Aurora, Illinois, and his family moved to Garden City Kansas in the summer of “78”. He attended Alta Brown Elementary ( Go Dragons ) and then went to Kenneth Henderson Middle School.  He finished his education and graduated from Garden City High School in 1988.

Octavio has been working at UPS for 19 years, is married and has 3 kids who are all attending Fort Hays State University.