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.

Mission Statement

Cultivating young men into leaders by influencing positive decision-making.

Vision Statement

Connecting male youth to opportunities that motivate and inspire them to commit to their communities and each other in becoming productive and responsible citizens.

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.

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Tim Sperry

Program Assistant

Tim was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas in 1965. He attended Garfield Elementary School from Kindergarten thru 4th grade until it burned down, then went to Gertrude Walker Elementary School finishing out 4th through 6th grade. He went to Abe Hubert Junior High and then Graduated from GCHS in 1983.

Tim has worked many jobs, primarily in the construction field and for the last 15 years with UPS as a pre-loader in the mornings and construction with Sperry Construction in the afternoons until recently. He started working with Real Men Real Leaders in August 2021.

Tim has been married to his wife Roxie for 37 years. They have 2 adult children and 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson on the way.