"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.


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.


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 15, 2021
Fall 2021 Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend

Journeymen Triangle in conjunction with Journeymen Asheville are proud to announce the Fall 2021 Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend is taking place October 22-24 at Camp Arrowhead (40 minutes South of Asheville, NC). The Journeymen Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend (ROPAW) is designed to challenge participants physically and emotionally in a container that also celebrates […]

January 8, 2021
J-Men Moving Forward Together

"This is the phase… in which most need the greatest support. Adolescence holds the key to our becoming fully human. Bill Plotkin A year like no other! In a year where the most popular phrase was, “you’re on mute,” we learned to listen better. To each other, to our Journeymen community, and to the larger […]

September 25, 2020
Into the Wild - A Solo Journey

“Run towards the roar,’ the old people used to tell the young ones. When faced with great danger and when people panic and seek a false sense of safety, run towards the roaring and go where you fear to go. For only in facing your fears can you find some safety and a way through. […]

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