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    Members of the Passport to Manhood program show off for the camera after dinner at Chaval on June 6.

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    Thibeault Mazimpaka laughs with friends during dinner. Passport to Manhood is a national program aimed at instilling character and positive behavior. Teaching boys to be polite and considerate is part of the mission.

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    Sam Koenigsberg, who runs Portland's Passport to Manhood program, right, and Kristen Marsh, program director of the Portland clubhouse, left, with "the handsomest group in Maine right now."

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    A young diner grabs some fries, a food which tests the manners of many people much older than the Passport boys.

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    Chef Damian Sansonetti, who grew up going to the Boys & Girls Club in Boston, delivers food to the Portland club's Passport to Manhood group.

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    Eliel Otshudi places a napkin around his neck after sitting down for dinner at Chaval. To the left is Esa Antonio and to the right is Abdi Abdullahi.

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    Romeo King and Tyler Orcutt dig into dessert. Asked if he's ever been to such a nice restaurant before, Romeo King replied: "I've been to the fanciest restaurant in Maine. DiMillo's."

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    Sam Koenigsberg and Passport of Manhood boys eat dinner at Chaval. The first course was tomato bread, a classic Catalan snack.

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    Abdi Abdullahi, center, offers a thumbs-up as he enjoys his dinner with members of the Passport to Manhood program at dinner at Chaval. Others pictured, from left, are Esa Antonio, Eliel Otshudi, Abdullahi and Mohamed Elmi.

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    Server Jeff Krowne delivers drinks to members of the Passport to Manhood program at Chaval in Portland on June 6. Food is a big part of the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, which provide after-school snacks and dinner for many of their nearly 3,000 members.

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