Current Status As Of December 2017
Journeymen is a primarily volunteer-driven organization, however since August 2014, we have employed a part-time program director, averaging ten hours per week. This consistent staffing has made it possible to develop and expand our programming over the past two years.
During this time, we have not only seen growing numbers of initiates participating in our Rites of Passage Adventure Weekends, but also an increasing number of returning Journeymen who want to serve as staff, as a way of staying involved.
Our semi-monthly mentoring groups continue to meet at a community space in West Asheville, and over the past year we have collaborated with local organization Our Voice to facilitate group discussions on topics related to sexual violence prevention such as cyber-bullying and consent.
Our monthly out-groups have grown in scope, incorporating both recreational outdoor activities and service learning projects in conjunction with local environmental organizations, including MountainTrue and Long Branch Environmental Education Center.
In 2015, over a dozen Boys To Men centers from the U.S. and Canada came together to found a national 501(c)3 Boys To Men, USA in an effort to bring group mentoring and rites of passage services to many more boys in the coming years. In 2016, Journeymen submitted to the national board a letter of alignment confirming our solidarity with this programmatic expansion and commitment to developing our programming right here in Asheville.
Journeymen is excited to move forward in collaboration with Boys To Men, USA, as this alignment empowers existing centers to learn from each other’s programming and to collaborate on research and federal grant funding.
In the Spring of 2017, Journeymen is excited to launch a collaboration with In Real Life and the Asheville City Schools Foundation to provide an exciting program that combines life skills and emotional development with craft skills training—specifically, canoe building!
Additionally, we have partnered up with United Way’s Middle School Success initiative and will be working with the YMCA to provide our mentoring groups after school at Erwin Middle School in the 2017 spring semester! This partnership will enable many more boys to have access to support from men who are invested in them, while also benefitting from a safe and confidential space where they can speak what is on their minds, explore their emotions, and begin stepping consciously into manhood.