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The Boys Council

In this structured environment, youth participate in group activities which provide an opportunity to: learn to make positive choices; express ideas; work as a team; and strengthen resiliency. The Council encourages understanding, critical thinking, pride and unity in an active environment where youth can share at their own pace and building on each member’s individual strengths and unique capabilities.

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Why Boys Council

The Mission of The Council is to offer adolescent young men a solid pathway toward healthy identity development, recognizing their strengths and capacities, challenging stereotypes, questioning unsafe attitudes, and encouraging solidarity through personal and collective responsibility.  

What to Expect

In weekly sessions, a group of six to ten young men of similar age and development meet with a facilitator for 1.5 hours for 10 weeks (times and locations may vary).  At the last session, youth will participate in a completion celebration, allowing them to reflect on their time spent in the council.  Youth are also welcome to continue attending groups after completion, if desired.

Learning Topics

  • Peer Pressure
  • Values
  • Bullying
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mentoring
  • Competition
  • Tolerance
  • Relationships
  • Goal Setting
  • Life Skills
  • Boundaries
  • Maturity


Opening Ritual: An opening activity that marks the commencement of the council process.
Theme Introduction: A short synopsis of what is planned for the meeting.
Warm-Up: Light activities designed to get group members interacting with one another. 
Check-In: A time for participants to check in with the council and express whatever they wish and/or something about the theme.
Activity: An experiential or creative activity that can be fun, stress reducing, and challenging.
Reflection: Allows participants the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the activity through a guided discussion.
Closing Ritual: Brings the group to a close and sends the members off with a positive tone.

Risk and Protective Factors

Risk factors increase the likeliness a youth will participate in risky or illegal behavior while specific protective factors work as a powerful force that overcomes these risk factors at a 2 to 1 ratio.  As a result of this knowledge, The Council works to address the following risk and protective factors:

  • There is an adult in youth’s life (other than a parent) he can talk to. (Protective Factor)
  • Promotes youth to talk about the future in a positive way with plans or aspirations of a better life.  (Risk Factor)
  • Addresses lack of empathy, remorse, sympathy, or feelings for his victim(s).  (Risk Factor)
  • Encourages youth to take responsibility for his behavior.  (Risk Factor)
  • Addresses communication within the family, providing youth with tools to both verbally and nonverbally share communication with healthy relationship boundaries.  (Protective Factor)

Developmental Assets Strengthened

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Planning and Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Competence
  • Cultural Competence
  • Resistance skills
  • Peaceful Conflict Resolution
  • Personal Power
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sense of Purpose
  • Positive View of Personal Future

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