In our weekends and Journeyman groups, Boys To Men produces a setting where a boy can have fun, be challenged, and then perhaps experience his own hidden anger, sadness, sense of loss, and so forth. Thereafter, he finds new ways to deal with his feelings. Newly aware of his habitual responses, he now has new tools to deal with them.
We operate on the principle that the pains of growing up serve as our best learning opportunities – our problems offer us gifts. Uncovering our pains leads us to courageously confront and deal with them. A boy no longer needs to accept the role of victim nor need he project his feelings onto others by acting as a bully.
Our experience tells us that our program works best for ages 13 to 17. For our Rites of Passage and Journeyman programs though, a boy should have reached a point where he has asked himself “What does it mean to be a man?” Our aim is to let him see who the men who participate in the program are and give him a chance to figure it out on his own.
Our program is for boys; period. Our program is and should be considered a normal part of all boys growing up. Those who become Journeymen are proud and thankful of the work they have done and many get their friends to sign up. Parents proudly sign up sons. We impart a sense of honor and want those boys who join us to feel the honor of being selected.
Our policy is to maintain a healthy balance of boys. We always recruit boys from diverse backgrounds. By mixing boys from a wide variety of backgrounds, they can learn from each other. They face what others have to deal with and achieve tolerance and empathy, and they learn cooperation and team work. There is no better way to gain the insight that all humans face a wide variety of difficulties and all can learn to deal with them with healthy responses.
We look forward to help you guide your son into manhood.