The Boys Project:
Face your Fears, Feel your Courage, Practice Fairness
This engaging, interactive workshop creates a safe environment where boys experience the issues that they are facing or will face in school as well as in life. Through experiential, group, and individual activities, the boys learn how to face and work through common situations in a way that increases their level of social emotional literacy. Increased social emotional intelligence, especially among boys, has been proven to not only raise academic achievement but also decrease disruptive behavior in the classroom and on campus.
The socialization process of boys creates pressures to conform that leaves them feeling inadequate to meet the expectations of school, family, and friends. This pressure only increases as boys enter middle and high school. Our program provides boys (ages 8 to 18) with an opportunity to learn and practice age-appropriate tools that increase their individual sense of self, ability to communicate authentically, and levels of resiliency. All of this translates into making wiser choices for themselves as well as those around them.
“I was not afraid to stand up for my friend when he was insulted" ~Sam 4th grader
A guaranteed by-product of this training is also a decrease in mistreatment and bullying between boys. Our kinesthetic activities also teach skills on how to avoid, handle and respond to being intimidated or bullied or being pulled to participate in mistreatment of another student.
This course is not another “touchy feely,” soften-boys-up class. This course is designed to use the natural energy of boys and young men to help them find their courage, face any fear or obstacle, while practicing fairness with honor.
The Boys Project creates a space where boys can actually experience these issues, not just talk about them - issues such as being negatively pulled by peers and other influences, feeling fear and facing it with courage, and dealing with situations that are perceived of as unfair.
This workshop is designed to be two sessions, 3 hours each. It also includes a 1.5 hour session with teachers and parents, respectively, to ensure integration and continuation. The program can be individually tailored to meet the particular needs of your school in regards to grade level, time and curriculum.
Some of the activities included are:
Students leave having faced their fears, felt their courage, and practiced being fair. This carries over into every aspect of their lives, from school to play to home. We’ve found that when boys have these experiences and are taught these principles and skills, they are more academically engaged and instructional times are maximized. Boys are more likely to work things out with each other in a healthier, less disruptive way. In the workshop, they get to see each other in ways they don’t normally allow each other to see. This leads to stronger, more positive connections which, in turn, decrease bullying and being pulled in negative ways.