Waiting for the Blessing of My Father
Oct02

Waiting for the Blessing of My Father

By Gonzalo Salinas In October it will be ten years since I’ve seen my father. I remember clearly the last time I saw him. We were at the National Airport in Lima. Let me back-track. The flight to Miami was at 8 pm. For international flights, you are supposed to check in three hours in advance or risk missing the flight. I was at home, waiting for my father to say goodbye at 6 pm. Still a fifteen minute drive away from the...

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Three reasons for Lance Armstrong to Check In! with the ManKind Project
Jul30

Three reasons for Lance Armstrong to Check In! with the ManKind Project

by Boysen Hodgson The ManKind Project USA cycling team recently participated in our second RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). We brought over 40 men and women from across the country (and Canada) to Iowa for the ride. Lance Armstrong came out to Iowa for a couple days of the ride, so we put out an invitation for Lance to come Check In! with us at the ManKind Project. And though the ride may be over...

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The Boy Game – Bullies, Victims and Bystanders
Aug01

The Boy Game – Bullies, Victims and Bystanders

by Boysen Hodgson Deirdre Fishel, the producer / director for “The Boy Game” contacted me through the MKP Facebook page about this project. It’s a powerful and interactive look at the complexity of bullying, from multiple perspectives. From the project web site: The culture of toughness promoted in the media, by many coaches and even by some parents, equates masculinity with being silent and tough. Any other emotions...

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For Julian – 20 Things I Wish I’d Known at Age Sixteen
Jun12

For Julian – 20 Things I Wish I’d Known at Age Sixteen

As Father’s Day approaches, those of us who are fathers may remember advice we gave as a parent. All of us may remember what advice we got from our own dads. Some of us may also recall pieces of advice we wish we’d paid more attention to at the time. Dr. Charles Maclean sends us this ‘wisdom list’ that he wishes in retrospect he’d heard and followed some years ago, which he dedicates to a neighbor boy who...

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Teen Rites of Passage Facilitators Weekend
May08

Teen Rites of Passage Facilitators Weekend

Frederick Marx, filmmaker extraordinaire ( Hoop Dreams , Boys to Men ), is a long time leader in the ManKind Project, having staffed 40 New Warrior Training Adventures. He sent out the following exciting news on great work doing real mentoring in a powerful way. Last weekend we had 26 of the leading lights of Teen Rites of Passage work gather in Oakland to share common challenges and victories, and to probe for ways forward as a...

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Who Says Raising Boys is Easier?
May03

Who Says Raising Boys is Easier?

L.Z. Granderson takes on an outdated sexist myth. by Ravenspen “It’s easier to raise boys,” I was told. And for a while I actually believed them. Then I started paying attention.” L.Z. Granderson Granderson begins by pointing out just how skewed our perspectives about and projections on males really are. Almost predictably, the High School dropout rate for boys is higher than girls. Females outgraduate males in...

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