Cromer Secondary College from Sydney's Northern Beaches have launched a new program called 'The Men We Need'. It focuses on the equipping teenage boys to manage the rigours of becoming a man in the 21st century.
We all know and have recognised for some time that young girls are very easily influenced and affected by images and messages in our media and social media, but have, until now, failed to recognise the influence these mediums have on adolescent boys. They too are bombarded daily with messages of being 'ripped' and also face bullying online through social media. This new program gives teenage boys the tools and forum to tackle these challenges.
Check out the You Tube clip below from Mornings on Channel 9 to hear the experience of two year 10 students from Cromer Secondary College.
The program consists of a series of workshops, DVD's sessions, small discussion groups and larger forums to get the boys talking and thinking about all sorts of topics that influence them in society. From encouraging respectful relationships, the media, peer group pressure and managing the ever growing issues associated with social media. They even invited, the ultra marathon athlete, Pat Farmer, in to encourage the boys to open up about issues affecting them.
In addition to this program, they also run a sister program, specifically for the young girls and the issues they are facing in today's society.
This is a great program and in my opinion anything that encourages young adolescents to speak openly about their feelings and challenges, is a welcomed initiative. In addition to this, we need to remember that parents play the biggest role in shaping their children and I am a strong believer in the below quote for raising the next generation of children.
Parents must also remember the role they play in influencing their teenagers. Image Source: www.halfourdeen.com
What do you think about this program? Is it necessary? Do you think it will help young boys to share their feelings and tackle challenges in a mature manner?
Thank goodness there is education for boys in helping them to be better men . Helping them through things, anger , frustration, no fathers for examples .Helping them now might impact on less family violence. Schools can only do so much, but it's definatly needed.