Journeymen’s Program Model
Throughout Journeymen’s program, our mentoring approach and philosophy is consistent: we do not try to fix boys, give “shoulds” or “should nots”— and we don’t necessarily give advice unless asked. We are non-therapeutic.
Journeymen is about mentoring, which means allying with a boy’s development. We train mentors to empathize with the boys while modeling emotional honesty, accountability and courage in they ways we relate to them and the ways we share about our own life experience. We employ the model of L.A.M.B. (listen, admire, model and bless).
Journeymen’s program is comprised of three primary pillars:
An important focus of our program is to help the boys develop an emotional vocabulary, which is to say that over time they can readily connect with their feelings and put them to words so that they can fully understand themselves, how they carry themselves and, quite simply: what they emotions are they are experiencing and why they may be coming up. For many teenage boys, this is a giant step toward maturing into men.
In the now famous quote by Frederick Douglass “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” we believe the work of Journeymen is in building strong children for an even stronger sustainable future.
Spring 2021 Wilderness Solos
Enroll a boy or sign up to staff our spring rite of passage event running April 23-25.
Journeymen is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, our programming is made possible primarily through the generous support of individuals like you.