Our model is simple: we offer personal growth weekends for groups of boys aged 13 to 18, followed by regular group sessions for a period of six weeks.
The weekends are led by Mr. Bernard Altman, a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with adolescent boys, with the support of a core group of trained and experienced staff. Each weekend accommodates 10-15 boys, and we aim for a ratio of one staff member per two boys. The weekends usually take place on a beautiful farm, or a similar site which provides opportunities for outdoor activities as part of the programme. We believe it is important for the boys to leave their day-to-day environments in order to be able to engage fully with the weekend's activities.
The weekend offers the boys a powerful, emotional intelligence-based adventure and a safe space to find the inner strength and insight to move forward in their lives, in particular in their journey from boyhood to manhood.
After the boys complete the weekend, we invite them to participate in regular group sessions over six weeks with the purpose of integrating their learnings achieved on the weekend into their daily lives.
Our programme has been running since 2007, with positive results for the boys and their communities. By empowering boys with the psychological tools and support they need to make positive and healthy choices for their lives, our weekends support their personal growth and have a positive ripple effect in the communities of the boys who participate.