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Boys’ Course: “Man up?”
Week 1. Introduction & Welcome to the group. Groundrules/Agreement. What do girls/boys talk about?
Week 2. Famous men in history. Male Role Models – positive and negative. Men I Admire.
Week 3. What makes me, me?
Week 4. What makes you, you? Assumptions/ Discrimination.
Week 5. Sex & Relationships pt 1.
Week 6. Sex & Relationships pt 2.
Week 7. Dealing with Anger
Week 8. Young men and the Law
Week 9. Taking risks
Week 10. Conclusions
“Man Up?” courses are designed to work with groups of boys across the primary and secondary age ranges. The facilitators provide guidance and support to encourage the helpful exchange of ideas thus enabling individuals to make informed decisions. The group provides a safe space for boys to share their views and ideas around masculinity, and how it impacts on them, their families, friends and wider community.
The course is delivered using a variety of learning techniques – individual/ group exercises, discussions, games, media. The Facilitator’s role is not to tell the boys what to do, but to give information that will enable them to make more informed decisions.
Due to the nature of the work, there is a strong emphasis on promoting wellbeing and ensuring young people are better equipped to keep themselves safe. Fundamental to the sessions are the concepts of equal opportunity for all and mutual respect regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability and faith.
Formal course evaluations based on a set of questions answered by the students at the start and end of the courses covering such issues as positive relationships, emotional intelligence, resilience and self-image, suggest a statistically significant improvement in all areas.
At the beginning of the course, the boys can seem slightly bewildered as to what the group is about. Are they in trouble? Why have they been chosen for the course? By the end of course evaluation, all the boys have fed back that they have enjoyed the group and the opportunity they have had to take part. Best feedback comment so far – “…the group teaches you how to be a man!”