We're on a mission to equip boys 10-14 with the leadership skills and social emotional tools they need to become strong men. We do this by teaching them powerful life lessons through fun adventures led by male mentors.
We believe in the power of storytelling & doing physical activations to engage boys where they learn best - through their bodies & imaginations. Concepts are taught through first-hand stories by the leaders and followed up with a game or activity that physically reinforces the idea.
What is SEL?
Our Use of Social/Emotional Learning
Our program is designed to give the boys an introduction to powerful social & emotional tools they can use for life to better relate to themselves, God, and others. Throughout the course of our 10 sessions, they will discover new ways of solving problems with the Holy Spirit and build a foundation of inter-personal life skills, such as:
• working through fear • setting boundaries • identifying their needs • setting goals for their life • recognizing their strengths • breaking 'lies' off their self-image • talking with God
There are a lot of interpretations and applications for the term SEL. For us, SEL is simply a language of connection. 'Social' refers to how a person relates to others & 'emotional' refers to how a person relates to themselves. We add a third component, which is the Holy Spirit. It is important in our sessions that the boys shape their understanding of who they are directly through the eyes of the Father.
Our practical application of SEL can be observed in the conversations we have with the boys, the questions we ask them, the listening we give them, and the responses we encourage them to share. When someone comes to us with a problem, we reflect to them their feelings & needs and empower them to find their own solutions with God.
The foundation of our SEL tools are based on a number of teachings by Danny Silk of Keep Your Love On and Barry & Lori Byrne of Nothing Hidden Ministries, to name a few. We practice compassionate, Christ-centered listening and teach the boys to relate to one another with empathy, patience, kindness, accountability and integrity.
Since our primary focus is to disciple our boys, we are committed to helping them overcome frustrations, agitations, fears, and at times aggression. We are not punishment focused, though we emphasize loving accountability to self, God and others as a standard for behavior. We show forgiveness in helping boys deal with their mistakes with honor, giving them a chance to show repentance and improve their behavior.
When a challenging situation comes up, we go the extra mile to work alongside parents to help participants conquer behavior challenges. However, we do not condone violence and will remove participants who refuse to confront and change aggressive behavior.
We believe that inside every child is a powerful light and we are dedicated to helping each child shine by teaching them the language of connection.
Our goal is for each boy to know that who they are inside is good & valuable. It's important that they feel loved, seen, heard and known, not just for their contribution to the group, but for who they are.
We have the courage and everything we need inside of us to conquer challenges, overcome fears, and bring peace to unresolved issues. We can always find the courage we need to break through barriers and find true freedom.
Building self-esteem helps grow our self-confidence, which is important so that we can be proud of ourselves and go after our dreams. As we get know ourselves, we can learn to love how we're made and believe we can achieve big things in life.
Love is important and everybody needs to feel loved. Love is not just a feeling, it's an action. Love means bringing connection to our family, our city and the nations. As we learn to love ourselves, we can better love the people around us.
We honor and respect each other in all our differences of personalities, giftings, and characteristics. We celebrate the individual to bring out the best in them. We show our appreciation for each other with our words and actions.
Willpower helps us to stay committed to our tasks in life especially as difficulties arise. Expanding our willpower helps us finish things we begin and pushes us forward in life with momentum so we can feel good about ourselves.
When we know that who we are inside is good, we make choices that make us feel good. When we are mindful of our goodness, we take good care of our body, mind, and soul by doing, speaking, and thinking good things.