The Boys Council is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. The Council meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives – individually and collectively!
The Council aims to promote boys’ natural strengths, and to increase their options about being male in today’s world. The Council challenges myths about how to be a “real boy” or “real man”. It engages boys in activities, dialogue, and self-expression to question stereotypical concepts and to increase boys’ emotional, social, and cultural literacy by promoting valuable relationships with peers and adult facilitators.
In a safe and action-oriented context, boys can identify the positive and not-so-positive definitions about being male today. They are invited to define the “male box” that shapes and constricts their growth. The Council lets boys examine the messages that define being male, and gives boys new and different options for self-expression and team experiences, promoting skill building and safe, healthy, positive, strong and diverse identities.
Our Educator/Counselor is a certified Boys Council Facilitator. He is available to facilitate Boys Councils in both school and community settings. For more information, please contact Brad at 315-781-1093 ext 103.