Program Spotlight May 17

The Journey Program Spotlight: Passport to Manhood

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value,” said Albert Einstein.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor, our Passport to Manhood program is preparing young men to become those men of value. During every session, instructors provide the skills and encouragement for Passport participants to impact their futures.

Our young men face daunting challenges. They may be growing up in high-crime neighborhoods or lack strong male role models, whatever the challenge Passport to Manhood provides the means to overcome the barriers on the path to achieving Great Futures. In the Passport to Manhood program, young men are learning about responsibility, positive behavior and character development. 
Passport to Manhood addresses age-specific issues young men between 9-18 years old encounter. Young men learn about responsibility, positive behavior, and character development. Topics include ethics, decision-making, wellness, relationships, employment and careers, team work, conflict resolution, diversity, and self-esteem. Club members participate in the 14-session program with fun, interactive activities that reinforce the learning objectives.  

One fun activity occurred recently when LeValley Chevrolet Buick GMC in Benton Harbor drove a pick-up truck to the Joel E. Smilow Teen Center where a service technician taught our Passport teen members how to change a tire. Teaching young men these simple, valuable life lessons empowers them to take an active role planning and developing their personal growth.  
Club members are actually given their own “passports” to underscore their individually personal journey of maturation and growth. Throughout the program, young men write in the passport, documenting their adventures in the various sessions. Once they’ve completed a Passport to Manhood class, the young men are able to look back and reflect on the lessons that meant the most to them. With each milestone achieved, members in the program progress one step closer to manhood.

At the Club’s 2017 Passport to Manhood celebration breakfast on May 11th, 42 young men were recognized for their hard work and persistence to complete the program and Lance B. was honored as the Clubs’ “Young Man of the Year.”
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