Young men need mature male role models
and a reason to connect

The Struggle We Face

This list is incomplete. But it shows some of the likely outcomes when boys do not have good male role models or a reason to care.

Absent Fathers

Teenage boys need to know what it means to be a healthy adult. Many have absent fathers or know no adult men.

We commit to being men in their lives.

 

Harmful Behaviour

We ask young men not to engage in behaviour which harms themselves or others. To do this, they need to know what alternatives there are, and see them modelled by real men.

We want to model those alternatives.

 

Emotional Denial

We want our young men to grow up strong and emotionally literate. We need to teach them how to name, accept and work with their emotions to see this.

We believe in sharing our rich emotional world with integrity.

Relationships

We want these boys to grow up happy. That means having successful, emotionally rich relationships with others. They learn the give and take, trust and cooperation of relationships best when they have adults to connect with and learn from.

We offer appropriate and real human relationships.

Disengagement

We do not want our boys lost in addiction to computer games or porn. We need to show them genuine alternatives that are worth living for.

We invite boys to play, laugh and really live.

Nature Deficit

We all need time in nature – silent and active – to replenish our batteries and keep our bodies fit and healthy. 

We play and work with nature to stay alive in ourselves.

How We Help

We cannot save the world with magic silver bullets. But we can turn up, show we care and do our best to make a difference here and now. Here's how.

Our vision is to create communities where adults support young men during their transition from childhood to adulthood.

This requires a recognition and witnessing of the boy on the verge of stepping into adulthood; a moment where he can be seen to be seen, and invited to being the journey of leaving childhood attitudes behind and stepping up to be the man he wants to be, with all the responsibility, courage and honour that this requires. This is his rite of passage.

True community and support for these young men requires ongoing time and connection with adult male role models. They need space to explore and practice their interactions with others. They can learn how to handle conflict, responsibility, stress, feelings of shame, joy, anger… you name it. This is achieved through patient mentoring on a regular basis in local groups.

Ultimately, a lot of the work we do revolves around supporting the men who step up to mentor the boys. To be effective adult male role models, we have to be willing to explore our own challenges and triggers as men. ‘Being a man’ can never be reduced to some perfect ideal; we need to deal with the conflict, responsbility, stress, feelings of shame, joy and anger that come up for us in this work as well. Creating communities of men means working with this ourselves as well.

Rites Of Passage

A yearly event where new boys explore what type of man they aspire to be. The challenges they face encourage awareness and enquiry around the qualities and character they bring to the world, now and in future.

Strong affirmation and community support helps them better connect with their families and community.

Local Meetups

Men hold a regular local space where boys can feel confident to turn up and tell their truths, exploring their character and what type of men they want to become.

There is a strong focus on emotional integrity and honesty, play, support and simple human connection. 

Training and Support for Men

Men meet without boys, asking how they can turn up and be present for their community, bringing and sharing their gifts and experience.

It is a chance for men to explore what it means to model healthy adult male behaviour and how they can positively show up in the world.

Building A Better Society

A local vision for long-term social change

JourneymanUK is all about relationship and support in local communities. 

Men support today’s boys. Those boys will grow up with greater emotional awareness and the inner strength to face life’s challenges. In ten years time, they will be grown men themselves, supporting tomorrow’s boys. 

Our work patiently and persistently plants seeds of healthy long-term relationships between adults and young people. We change society for the better by investing in the emotional integrity of today’s young men.

 

It is easier to grow strong boys than to fix broken men.