Why We Do What We Do
We believe that initiating and supporting boys on their challenging journey into manhood is vital for a just and sustainable future.
We support adolescent males on their paths to becoming men of integrity.
What We Do
Journeymen mentors adolescent males (ages 12-17) during their transformation to becoming men. Our mentors model authentic masculinity and nurture self-awareness and emotional growth, while challenging and assisting boys to discover their unique gifts. We honor their emerging masculinity and youthful energy alike. In short we help teenage boys grow into men.
Journeymen mentors’ approach is to Listen, Accept, Model and Bless—forging a non-judgmental friendship with these young men that is based on openness and trust. Our program consists of three primary pillars:
- In-Groups: In-Groups are regular meetings which comprise the core of Journeymen’s group-mentoring approach. Each group strives for a 1:2 ratio of mentors to mentees (or “J-men”), and features team-building activities, discussion topics, games, and personal sharing, building strong, lasting bonds among mentors and J-men and empowering J-men to develop emotional intelligence, accountability and self-confidence. J-men are encouraged to take on leadership responsibilities within the group.
- Out-Groups: Combining service-learning opportunities, outdoor recreation, skills-building workshops and good old-fashioned play, these weekend activities give J-men an opportunity to have fun with mentors while learning more about their community and discovering new ways to apply themselves in the “real world.”
- Rites Of Passage: For millenia, our ancestors marked young men’s transition into adulthood through well-planned and challenging rites of passage. But these initiations were never just a formality or a threshold: they were tests which put the young men in uniquely challenging situations where they had to learn about their inner strengths and gifts in order to succeed. What’s more—they infused these young men’s natural drive for freedom and risk with a sense of personal responsibility. Journeymen’s Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend (ROPAW) is hosted twice each year as a modern-day opportunity for young men to find personal empowerment, self-knowledge, and to let go of what no longer serves them so that they can grow into the men they want to be.
Journeymen mentors adolescent boys
“If we don’t initiate our boys, they will burn down the village to feel the heat.” — African Proverb