MENTORING FROM THE TOP DOWN
The young men in the Manhood Development Program participate in several layers of leadership. The highest level adopted the name “Dirty Dozen” since there are 12 young men in this group. By the time the young men receive the privilege of joining this level, they have gone through many hours of the program and are very respectful, well educated, community driven young men.
Character is the balance of many components with the soul of each person. Those components include intellect, ideas, motives, intentions, temperament, behavior and emotions. The staff at the Manhood Development Program is dedicated to recognizing the natural character that exists within each young man, and to nurturing that in a way that will lead to healthy life choices and community involvement.
When young men are guided in the disciplines of self-control and making positive life choices, the next step is directing them on living meaningful lives among their peers. Mentors develop close, supportive relationships with the young men which acts as support for the youth, but also models being committed to a set of higher ideas and acting for the greater good of one’s community.
Community service activities are an important part of the Manhood Development Program because they teach autonomy. Young men experience and learn the choices available to make ethical decisions on behalf of the common good. The practical service of cleaning, painting, etc. helps foster the relationship between the individual participants and their community.