Mentoring Boys on Their Difficult Journey to Becoming Men of Integrity
We believe that supportive mentoring relationships and intentional rites of passage are vital components in the healthy development and transformation of boys into men of integrity and authenticity.
We support adolescent males in their transformation to becoming men of integrity by modeling authentic masculinity, supporting self-awareness and emotional growth in a community that honors their youthful energy
What We Do
Journeymen mentors at-risk adolescent males (ages 12-17) during their transformation to becoming men of integrity. 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.
With 43% of urban teens living away from their fathers, 42% of fathers failing to see their children after divorce, and an estimated 24.7 million children being raised without their biological fathers, there is an epidemic of sizable proportion that suggests we need a more significant effort to reach boys during their most formidable years.*
Founded in 2008, Journeymen is a nonsectarian, non-partisan, non-profit organization created by men for the specific purpose of mentoring boys 12-17 years of age through their passage into manhood. Our program is modeled after the work of Boys to Men, an international non-profit that, through its mentoring program and rites of passage adventure weekends, has powerfully impacted the lives of more than 3,000 boys and men throughout the world.
The Journeymen Program
Journeymen is staffed by dozens of committed men who have undertaken their own journeys of personal development. Our team of mentors and facilitators create a safe and stimulating environment, that supports and challenges boys in their epic transition to adulthood.
- Through ongoing mentoring groups and individual mentoring relationships we provide adolescent boys (12-17) with ongoing guidance and support on their journey into manhood.
- Twice each year we offer a rite of passage weekend experience, which provides a safe and powerful container for boys to consciously envision what kind of men they can be.
- Once each month the mentors and staff of Journeymen meet to provide mutual support and guidance to strengthen our ability to mentor youth with compassion and dignity.
- Several times each year we take the young men of Journeymen (whom we call J-Men) on outings and overnight trips. Some are community service projects, some are just fun outings, in which our mentors can further model authentic manhood while strengthening our bonds of friendship and community with the J-Men.
* Sources: Youthviews, Gallup Youth Survey 4 (June, 1997), Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr. and Christine Winguist Nord, “Parenting Apart,” Journal of Marriage and the Family, and National Fatherhood Initiative, Father Facts, (3rd Edition): 5