The Council for Boys and Young Men
Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership is working with Park R-3 School District in offering The Council for Boys and Young Men. The Council is a strengths-based model that enables young men to develop leadership skills and strong positive relationships, while promoting safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. It is a model of structured support groups for young men ages 9-18 that is designed to promote natural strengths, and increase their options about being a male in today's world. The Council challenges myths about being a "real boy" or "real man," and engages boys in activities, dialogue and self-expression to question stereotypical concepts and to increase boys' emotional, social and cultural literacy through positive relationships with peers and adult facilitators.
Weekly meetings are approximately one hours in length and follow the same structured format. Each session is 15-17 weeks in length, and covers topic that are of interest and specific to adolescent boys.
To participate, young men need only to have a desire, make a commitment to attend weekly council meetings, and agree to the following guidelines: no put-downs or interruptions, offer experiences, not advice, keep the focus on oneself, and keep what is said during group private. Through listening and respect for themselves and others, participants can reflect on and express their own thoughts and feelings. The Council does not aim to provide advice, but encourages young men to share experiences that are helpful to one another.
Contact EVRJP to learn more about The Council for Boys and Young Men.