March was a trifecta!
This month The Manhood Tree has been on a role with our initiatives! We have been able to put the the funding we received from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to good use as we wrapped up eight sessions of our Manhood Tree group with the Hartbeat Ensemble staff. We also completed a four show run of The Fatherhood Manologues in play form in collaboration with Hartbeat Ensemble at the Carriage House. Lastly, we hosted our second Men's Health Event of the year in collaboration with UCONN Health, Trinity Health, the town of East Hartford and a host of other vendors. We are on a role! Stay tuned as we continue to work with men to deal with their stuff, express themselves and stay on top of their mental and physical health.
Men's Health Event Re-CAP
On Saturday, February 4, 2023 The Manhood Tree in collaboration with My People Community Services, Trinity Health Men's Health Institute, UCONN Central AHEC, AETNA, The Curtis D. Robinson Center and the Urban League hosted a Men's Health Event titled: Men's Health is Community Health. Over 100 men from the community came out for Blood Glucose Screenings, Blood Pressure Screenings, Oral Health Screening and PSA Screenings. We also had presentations from doctors of Neurology, Urology, Primary Care and Cardiology.
This event was a excellent start to our collaborations and our goal of bring health awareness and resources to the community. Men were able to ask questions of the doctors and even register for a primary care appointment on the spot. It would have been even more powerful if the men were given the opportunity to talk a little about the fears and concerns as it pertains to doctors. Also, it would have been good to hear from the men what works. These are two things to think about for our future events that are scheduled on 3.25 and 4/15. More details to come.
There were a number of individuals that signed up for our Manhood Tree group and individuals and organizations that would like to collaborate on future events. This is exciting and we look forward to continuing the message that Men's Health is Community Health.
Men's Health is Community Health
On February 4, 2023 The Manhood Tree in collaboration with Trinity Health Men's Health Institute, UCONN Central AHEC, AETNA, and The Urban League will be hosting a Men's Health Event. At the event, there will be a variety of screenings and presentations from specialist in Men's Health. Please join us!
Everyday, men are transitioning from just being men to becoming a father. Often, the entire 9 month process of making a baby is focused on the mother but here at The Manhood Tree, we have been doing some thinking about questions a soon to be or new father should be asking himself. When I became a father, I just jumped in. One day I wasn't a father and the next day I was. I never thought about what it would be like to raise another human being with someone else. I was just taking each day as it came. I believe some of these questions could have really helped me out if they did nothing else but make me think. Soon to be and new fathers, I want you to think. Take a few moments and answer the questions below and share your thoughts with us. For those of you who already have children, let us know other questions that should be on the list so that we can help new fathers be the best fathers ever. Also, please share.
October 25th, 2022
Hartford Fringe Festival
On Saturday, October 29, 2022, the Fatherhood Manologues will be featured at the Fringe Festival. This is the second show in as many weeks as we continue our collaboration with Hartbeat Ensemble. We did a pretty good job at a show at Black Eyed Sally's last week. Currently, only Jesse White III, Demetrius Chamblee, Malik Champlain and myself, Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad are performing. It should be interesting to see how things progress over the next few months. Below are a few pictures from the show at Black eyed Sally's. Stay tuned for more to come.
Bringing the Blog Up to date
Since, the last post in late December 2021, The Manhood Tree has been on the move. We hosted a Men's Health Panel discussion to wrap up the year which you can view here. This year, we kicked off the year with the Fatherhood Manologues at the Wadsworth. You can watch a clip from that performance here. It is important to keep the Fatherhood Manologues out in our community emphasize the importance of dads. For the past two months, we have done two Dinner and Discussions focusing o Men's Health. Check out our latest work here. Now, you are somewhat up to date on what we are doing. This week on April 19, 2022 at 5pm, I'm going to give a virtual The Manhood Tree Group a try. We will see if anyone shows up. Stay tuned.
Fatherhood Manologues-Amos Lys-Fatherhood a Sacred Calling
The Fatherhood Manologues is a six week group process in which men are coached, trained and supported in the development and writing of 5-7 minutes monologues (which we call Manologues) focusing on being a father or being fathered. The Fatherhood Manologues seeks to highlight the importance, value and contributions of fathers through their involvement and presence in their children’s lives.
The development of the Fatherhood Manologues allows men to come together behind the common goal of fatherhood. Each participant identifies a story from his life and works with the team to develop the story to have the greatest impact as a performance. Through weekly practice sessions, participants trim their stories, memorize and hone their delivery to performance level. After each practice session,the group talks about their personal fatherhood journey’s, bond and shop for fathering skills from the other men present to add to their toolbox. The process to develop the Fatherhood Manologues is therapeutic, empowering and supportive to the men that participate.
If you are interested in doing a Fatherhood Manologue, contact us.
Build a Tribe
As 2021 comes to a close, I have been taking some time to reflect. Over all, I think we had a good year. We conducted groups, performed Fatherhood Manologues, promoted Men's Health and even got a Fatherhood Pole in the ground. Next year, I hope we are able to build on the momentum that will be left from our Men's Health Event and wrapping up our final group of the year. I'm excited about our 2nd Annual Fatherhood Manologues Day coming up on February 10th in celebration of my dad and a new show with new performers on February 26th of next year. I also have scheduled out all The Manhood Tree groups I will facilitate next year:
We also have monthly Men's Health Dinner and Discussions planned for the first half of the year (location and time TBD). My main goal next year is to build a tribe. In the past, I have waffled back and forth on my leadership never really committing to what I want to accomplish fully but in 2022, I'm ready. I realize that men use other men as a barometer in life and if we are only surrounded by one type of man or not given alternative ways of thinking, or allowed to express ourselves...we don't become the men we could. Through The Manhood Tree groups, performances and events I hope to ignite men to be their best in the areas of brotherhood, fatherhood and manhood. I would like to see this work spread out of Connecticut and go all of the US and then all over the world. Who knows? Either way, I'm excited and ready to dedicate the next few years into developing this idea out fully. I look forward to the people I will cross paths with along the way and I plan to do a better job blogging about each step along the way. Stay tuned.
Updates November 9, 2021
Last week we started a new Manhood Tree group and I must say the participants were engaged in the information and willing to share openly. We would like to get to the point with our groups that we have at least three groups going weekly and we have a dedicated funding source for the groups.
On Saturday, November 13, 2021 we will be shooting promo videos for our first Men's Health event. Our goal is to pull together advertising that draws the community in and encourages them to attend the event.
We are getting closer to airing our first episode of The Manhood Tree Podcast. We will have it available on the website and will be working on getting the podcast on other platforms as well. We will also be shooting a show that uses aspects from The Manhood Tree Podcast but also focuses on Manhood Topics, Health, Travel, etc.
Later this week, we will be going back to the Makerspace to work on our second Fatherhood Pole. We will be also signing up for classes that will allow for us to operate the machines independent of supervision and allow for us to move the process of building Fatherhood Poles along faster.
Lastly, we are looking for a dedicated group of men to join our Fatherhood Manologues group. We would like to do a six week group that culminates in a live performance and individual videos of each Fatherhood Manologue. If you know anyone who you think will be interested, contact us through the website.
The Manhood Tree...Let's Grow.
October 27th, 2021
On November 2nd at 6pm we will be starting a new Manhood Tree group and on November 4th at 6pm we will be starting a Fatherhood Manologues group. If interest grows, we may offer an additional Manhood Tree Group on Saturdays from 10am until 12pm. We have also rejoined Makerspace CT so we can start working on The Fatherhood Pole. Our goal this time is to create the normal size for the yard and smaller ones for the desktop. We will see how that goes! Also, The Manhood Tree Podcast starts on November 20th stay tuned! Oh yeah, have you been to the doctor this year? Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Get some blood work. See what's going on with your blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol. Men's Health is serious business.