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Collaborative Program Helps Boys Become Men

Posted on May 7, 2013 by Stacie Birchett

Boys to Men Rite of Passage Weekend Group

Right of Passage Weekend Participants and Mentors (click to enlarge)

Thanks to a generous grant from Capital One, boys from BHC’s Winchester Greens community in Chesterfield were able to participate in the Boys to Men Mentoring program this year. BHC and the mentoring network are partnering to provide leadership training for male residents ages 12 – 17 who live in our rental communities. The program pairs adult male volunteers with the boys to provide guidance and serve as positive role models.

Learning to Trust

Learning to Trust

Through team-building exercises, activities and community service projects throughout the year, the boys learn leadership and conflict resolution skills and qualities such as integrity, accountability, respect and compassion. The adult mentors help each teen discover his own potential, and reinforce the concept of personal responsibility to self, family, and community along the way.

Nina Williams, site director at Winchester Greens, says that it has been rewarding to witness the positive changes in the young residents during the Boys to Men program. “By the end,” she says, “the participants visibly demonstrate increased self-esteem, self-confidence, and better coping skills.”

The program culminates in a rigorous three-day Rite of Passage Adventure Weekend in a wilderness setting west of Richmond. 19 boys attended last month, including four from Winchester Greens. Boys who complete the program receive the title of “Journeyman,” and receive additional skills and service training to mentor other young men entering the program.

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    As one of the facilitators and leaders on this past “ROPAW”, I was very impress to see boys from Winchester come together and support each other throughout the weekend. At this past meeting on Monday night, several of the boys regretting leaving the weekend. A statement that reminds us all that boys cry for healthy mentorship from Men and Elders in their families and community. Thank you for allowing the Boys to Men Mentoring program into your community.

  2. Amy Baptistr
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    My son has been a part of this program for 2 yrs now. he is currently a Journeyman and I have seen some wonderful transformation in him since his entry into the program. As a single mother raising a son who has limited influence from his father, I was excited about this program. Boys need positive male role models and mentors. Thanks Boys Men!!

  3. Stacie Birchett
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Amy, thank you for your testimonial! Steven, we are happy to partner with the Mentoring program. Thank you for your work.

  4. jamiah pridgen
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    I am 16 years old and I have been with this organization for two years now. I am a journey man and this was my first staffing. It was so heartfelt and emotional to be on the other side and seeing where I started and where I am now. This organization has made a big change in my life.

  5. Stacie Birchett
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Jamiah!

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