The 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.
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.
- Peer Pressure
- Conflict Resolution
- Goal Setting
- Life Skills
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 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)
- Planning and Decision Making
- Interpersonal Competence
- Cultural Competence
- Resistance skills
- Peaceful Conflict Resolution
- Personal Power
- Sense of Purpose
- Positive View of Personal Future