"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
— Frederick Douglass

Journeymen mentors adolescent males (ages 12-17) during their transformation to becoming men. 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.

Group Mentoring

In-Groups are regular meetings which comprise the core of Journeymen’s group-mentoring approach. Each group strives for a 1:2 ratio of mentors to mentees (or “J-men”), and features team-building activities, discussion topics, games, and personal sharing, building strong, lasting bonds among mentors and J-men and empowering J-men to develop emotional intelligence, accountability and self-confidence. J-men are encouraged to take on leadership responsibilities within the group.

Rites of Passage

For millenia, our ancestors marked young men’s transition into adulthood through well-planned and challenging rites of passage. But these initiations were never just a formality or a threshold: they were tests which put the young men in uniquely challenging situations where they had to learn about their inner strengths and gifts in order to succeed. What’s more—they infused these young men’s natural drive for freedom and risk with a sense of personal responsibility. Journeymen’s Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend (ROPAW) is hosted twice each year as a modern-day opportunity for young men to find personal empowerment, self-knowledge, and to let go of what no longer serves them so that they can grow into the men they want to be.

Activities and Service

Combining service-learning opportunities, outdoor recreation, skills-building workshops and good old-fashioned play, these weekend activities give J-men an opportunity to have fun with mentors while learning more about their community and discovering new ways to apply themselves in the “real world.”

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September 11, 2023
Nov 9-12 Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend

We are so excited to bring our Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend (ROPAW) closer to home this Fall! In today’s culture, intentional rites of passage for youth entering adulthood have mostly been lost or at least diminished in importance. Many of our teenage boys initiate themselves in ways that are unhealthy for their development, such […]

August 30, 2023
Circle Up with Journeymen on 9/17

Circle Up! Building on what’s been an amazing year of growth for the Journeymen community, we are calling on our wider community to come together and check-in to the important work of supporting boys on their journey towards becoming men of integrity. By connecting more teens with positive male role models and a framework for […]

June 5, 2023
June 15: Mentor & Parent Training - Circle of Security

Each month, we host a mentor training and equipping session. This month, we are bringing in SAFEchild NC for a training called Circle of Security. This training is going to be opened to parents and mentors and interested community members. The program is based on attachment-theory and provides tools to help parents and mentors better […]

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