Man Hour-Character development Program

The belief of these programs is that adolescent boys require special attention to talk explicitly about and model responsible manhood and to introduce them to good examples of dependable men. 

Monday, November 1, 2012

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We are proud to announce that Natalie Pawluk Moore’s Man Hour – Character Development Program is our November Grant Winner!

The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii - Spalding Clubhouse opened to the McCully community in 1976. The Club serves 1,000 youth annually. The Club provides a variety of youth development programs in Good Character & Citizenship, Academic Success and Healthy Lifestyles, in line with the BGCA Formula for Impact framework. The Club continues to find creative ways to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.

The Spalding Clubhouse offers two programs aimed specifically at the character and leadership development of adolescent boys. Man Hour (for middle school boys) and SWAG-Society Wants a Gentleman (for high school boys) were developed with the goal of providing positive male mentors to young boys who need it the most. The Man Hour and SWAG programs use the BGCA "Passport to Manhood" curriculum as a guide for program sessions. The belief of these programs is that adolescent boys require special attention to talk explicitly about and model responsible manhood and to introduce them to good examples of dependable men. This role is too important to be left to television or social media. Through a variety of activities centering around diverse program topics, adolescent boys have an opportunity to explore these issues, ask questions and get clarity to enable them to make better decisions as they develop into young men. Some examples of program topics include: values in personal decision making, developing a personal code of ethics, responses to authority, relationships with girls, fatherhood & the family, employment & careers, cooperation & managing conflict, and more. The Spalding Clubhouse is looking to enhance its current in-Club program with a special camping trip that would allow a group of adolescent boys and prominent male figures in their lives (whether it be a father, step-father, uncle, etc) to come together to study those topics in a transformative environment. The excursion would be led under the supervision of the main program staff, Jeric Lake, who would be responsible for facilitating various program sessions throughout the camping trip. The camping trip would allow the Club to further its impact to young boys by providing a solid example for those male role models in their lives of how to be an effective guide throughout their adolescent life, helping participants to learn how to positively influence their families, peers and the greater community.

The money provided by the Awesome Foundation would go to specifically fund the cost of a two-day Man Hour/SWAG camping trip with BGCH Spalding Clubhouse staff member Jeric Lake at Camp Malaekahana in Laie. The campsite costs approximately $700 for two-night's stay. The remaining funds would cover the cost of transportation, meals, and program supplies for the camping trip.

Awesome Foundation Oahu is thrilled to help our young men of Oahu through this awesome program!  Congratulations!!!