Thank you, Thank you, Thank you EVERYONE supporting our program!
We reached our initial goal and are now going higher to put more great FREE educational content online for boys anywhere, anytime.
Here is the new plan. New goal is $13,000 (twice our original goal)
Additional topics to be funded with this goal include:
1. A 20 minute video on Rite of Passage efforts and wisdom from around the USA with programs we discovered at the Rite of passage Summit conference in Ojai last week attended by over 60 men and women doing work for both boys and girls. We saw former teenage gang members who have become stand up fathers, brothers and mentors/leaders in stopping gang violence.
Overview and Summary – WHO ARE WE AND WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We want to take the core wisdom we learned doing Journey to Manhood programs in person for nearly a decade and now make it available to 10,000 to 100,000 boys online. We can do this by starting with an online self-paced series of educational videos designed to help teenage boys discover who they are and what kind of men they want to become in their community. We need your donations to make this video series happen and be available FREE to all teens, anywhere and anytime on the internet. Our world needs men who can express their gifts and relate genuinely with others without being constrained by destructive and limiting ideas of masculinity. Based on our conversations with MEC graduates, we believe we have discovered one of the secret sauces in cooking the recipe for mentoring boys toward manhood.
Our Men’s Eagle Council (MEC) core team is Carl Kalin, Bruce Rose and Asa Henderson. Carl and Bruce started MEC in Boulder, CO when Bruce was a guidance counselor at Boulder High School and advisor to Carl’s 16 year old son. Through this connection, Carl and Bruce elected to start MEC, a program to support teenage boys on their journey to manhood, including a rite-of-passage experience. Carl did the Sterling Institute initiation weekend and had 8 years on a Sterling men’s team. Bruce was honored for his MEC work with the Ron Hering Mission of Service Award July, 2000 (see below). Bruce has been in a Men’s Circle since 1991 and completed the New Warrior training. Asa Henderson is a new addition to our team. He is a videographer who also has over a decade of experience working with teenagers. He has engaged in Men’s work as a participant in the ManKind Project for several years. He’s excited to combine the empowering ideas and techniques of this work with a commitment to social justice and an understanding of how gender shapes and is shaped by society. Special thanks also to MKP brothers Will Campbell and Chris Bart for their contributions to MEC and the boys we served.
We have bigger plans than just making the video series. The next steps include hosting educational programs which will be live video webinars with our staff in which young men can explore the topics of the video series in depth and practice speaking and listening from the heart. We also will become a place for teens to find additional resources in their local communities for engaging real world Rite-of-passage programs offered by other groups doing this work.
What makes our program unique?
- The time has come for this kind of online education and this will be a first of its kind.
- We know what is needed because we have done it successfully in person for nearly a decade and we have the staff that will reach our audience on their own terms. (Asa, Bruce and Carl)
- We have discovered a powerful way for women and girls to participate in our Journey to Manhood programs, which we will also incorporate in the online work.
- We will network with other men’s groups and refer boys who are interested in pursuing in-person rite-of-passage work in their communities.
- We will engage mothers, fathers, single parents and youth organizations with our free online programs for their teens.
What We Need & What You Get
We need $6,500 to produce the 60 minute educational video series on the Journey to Manhood and make it available on a website for FREE. Equipment and studio rental will cost $500. The website will cost another $500 to create. The balance will go to pay Asa to do the filming, editing and post-production work. Scripting and acting will be done pro bono by the co-founders, Bruce and Carl, plus other volunteers for actors. The material will be drawn from previous MEC work and adapted for the YouTube format of short, connected videos on key topics related to the Journey to Manhood. Details are given below.
If we exceed our stated goal, we will use the extra funds to create additional video materials beyond the 60 minutes and to grant scholarships to our live, real-time online educational programs.
Because our educational video series will be offered online for FREE, our reward program offers discounts toward purchases of future real-time educational webinars for teens. See rewards in column on right side of this page. Donors supporting this fundraiser to produce the video series will be rewarded with thank you coupons that can be redeemed by a parent for his or her teen or gifted to any teenage boy or parent for redemption online according the rewards listed on this campaign.
We have rewards for groups or businesses which want to be sponsors and receive film credits and sponsorship credits with their logo on our web site plus get the discount coupons mentioned above.
We also have a unique perk allowing the donor to choose a topic for an educational video to be made and have a cameo appearance or photo included in the video along with an executive producer credit.
If we don’t reach our goal we will still make the educational video series, but it will be shorter according to the amount of money raised.
We have observed that most of the violence in the world is committed by men. We believe that one facet of the complex solution to this problem is to help young men start engaging consciously from an early age with creating their own ideas about manhood. Our video series will look at the ideas of masculinity that are out there, explore where they come from, and offer tools to help create the kinds of identities that both express what’s truly important to us and build stronger, more equitable communities. We will help boys become the men they want to be by supporting them to discover their passions and gifts in life and what they have to offer from their hearts, minds and bodies. This is, in our opinion, the true value of education, which comes from the Latin educare meaning “to draw out.” What often happens in school is not education but instruction, which comes from the Latin instructus, and means “to pile upon.”
We’ve seen that true education not only benefits the participants in lasting ways, but also influences the people around them. When we interviewed MEC graduates fifteen years after they took our program we found the following impact self-reported by MEC graduates:
“I learned to listen to others, including women. This proved to be a great lesson in managing relationships both with my family and fellow Marines I commanded.”
“Building community is something I got out of MEC and I rarely see it among other men who were not initiated. “
“The work at MEC impacts not only the boys who take the program, but also the men and women that we come into contact with during our lives.”
Your donation dollars will bring a Journey to Manhood program to teenage boys. If we reach our goal of $6,500 and only reach 6,500 boys, that comes to one dollar per teenager to make a major difference in the life of a boy and those he relates to including mother, wife, daughter and fellow men. We expect to reach many more than 6,500 boys: our goal is 100,000 boys. And who knows, we could go viral and reach millions!
By supporting a FREE online educational video series for teens, your dollars will be leveraged across the internet to reach thousands of teenage boys who otherwise would NOT have access to any Journey to Manhood support.
Last but not least, MEC has always welcomed boys of all creed, color and sexual orientation. It has been one of the few places where teens could see beyond these differences with mutual respect and understanding seldom found elsewhere. All of these are needed to make the world a safer place for women, children and men.
What exactly will be in the videos?
Video topics may include:
- What does it mean to be a man? Where do these ideas come from? What is the kind of man you want to be?
- Applying the Jungian archetypes to oneself, family and community (King, Magician, Lover, Warrior) What are my strengths and potentials for greatest development?
- Girls, dating, relationships, and responsibility.
- Living with parents and then leaving the home gracefully when you are ready
- Deeper questions: What is my passion? purpose? and how do I live that?
- Addictions - what are they and how do I know if I have one?
- Resources useful for teens to navigate surviving and thriving in difficult times including mentors, mental health professionals and volunteer community service organizations for teens from planting trees to career counseling.
Does this need to be done for girls as well?
Of course it does, but as men we lack a vital qualification to do that work. We will be more than happy to share anything we learn from creating this program with women who want to create something similar for girls, and help out in any other way that might be useful. If you are interested in starting a Women's Eagle Council or you currently have a program or possibility that you would like to discuss, please contact us!
Other Ways You Can Help
Every dollar we receive helps us make our video series longer and better, but we understand if you can’t support us financially. Whether you can donate or not, you can also help by sharing a link to this campaign with as many people as possible so they will know about the FREE video series coming soon for teenage boys online
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Thank you from the MEC team of Asa Henderson, Carl Kalin and Bruce Rose.
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Our funding effort is supported by the 501(c) (3) non-profit Men’s Leadership Alliance in Boulder, Colorado, which has been supporting men and women for over a decade with educational programs dedicated to inspiring the realization of authentic self. These efforts are done through encouraging soulful living in service of a just, joyful and sustainable world.