Local sixth-grader John Hunts completed his Boys To Men initiation experience, the Rite of Passage Adventure Weekend, at Rancho de Chapparal in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico.
John is now recognized as a “Journeyman” in the Boys to Men Mentoring Network (BTM), as he begins his supported journey to manhood.
John was honored by New Warriors of the ManKind Project (MKP) at their May graduation ceremony at Heartwood, near Bayfield. The men celebrating with John recently completed their initiation into MKP by completing the New Warrior Training Adventure.
BTM specializes in creating safe mentoring groups, Journeyman Groups (J-Groups) for boys to openly talk about the events, emotions and experiences in their lives. J-Groups, which meet bi-weekly, involve games, food, and interpersonal work mentored by adult men. Journeymen do 80 percent of the talking while the mentors LAAMB (Listen, Accept, Admire and Bless) the Journeymen.
The BTM events include a peer discussion group for the Journeymen to connect with and truthfully express their thoughts and feelings (something most men are not comfortable in doing).
John, aka “Tee-John,” is being mentored on his journey by John Gwin. Men interested in mentoring teenage boys, ages 12-17, into healthy manhood can contact Gwin at 731-9666 or learn more about Boys To Men Mentoring at www.boystomennewmexico.org. John and Tee John have a goal to create a J-Group in Archuleta County.
The next Boys to Men Rite of Passage Initiation Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 15-18.