The Manhood Tree group is an exploration of the six “hoods”: Neighborhood, Boyhood, Young Adulthood, Brotherhood, Fatherhood and Manhood using the analogy of a tree. The goal of the Manhood Tree group is to allow men to discuss and address each “hood” and how it currently impacts the man they are today or will be in the future. Men and boys have been socialized not to speak openly about their true self, their issues, problems and concerns; or the ideas, thoughts and feelings they have. When a group of men are in a room together, the discussion usually remains at the surface focusing on sports, debates or goes to our lower level thinking regarding women. The Manhood Tree group is an opportunity for men to express their thoughts about their personal boyhood to manhood journey and learn from experiences of other men.
Through The Manhood Tree group, the goal is to help men look at their life, where they have been, where they want to go and make a determination of the changes they will make to improve and encourage growth in the future. The Manhood Tree group seeks to get men to think about their lives fully from boyhood up and identify their flaws, recognize areas of their life they are deficient and celebrate their growth. The Manhood Tree group provides men with a platform to view the six hoods (Neighborhood, Boyhood, Young Adulthood, Brotherhood, Fatherhood and Manhood) from a bird’s eye view having either already experienced the topic to be discussed or currently living the topic. The benefit of being in a room with men of different ages and experiences allows young and old men to learn from each other’s experiences.
The Manhood Tree group are for nine sessions and each topic is discussed for 2 hours. The ideal number of participants for each session is 5-7 men in order to allow each man to have the opportunity to express his thoughts, ideas and feelings fully. The group can also be conducted as a full day conference with men. In addition to the two hour group sessions, participants receive a check-in weekly from the facilitator and are encouraged to write weekly in their journal to address any residual effects from group. The group session topics are:
1. Roots 2. Neighborhood 3. Boyhood 4. Teen & Young Adulthood 5. Brotherhood 6. Relationships 7. Fatherhood 8. Manhood/ Graduation