Journeymen and VISD Announce Band of Brothers

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Journeymen announces the launch of Band of Brothers, a youth mentoring course in partnership with the Vashon Island School District. Band of Brothers is offered to all Vashon boys in grades 4 through 12 and is free of charge.

Band of Brothers will put into practice Journeymen’s mission to encourage compassionate, inspired, and resilient young men through nature-based rites of passage, mentorship, and community engagement – a mission that’s more important than ever as we navigate the rapidly changing landscape of life during a global pandemic.

Piloted during Spring Quarter of 2020, Band of Brothers has been a great resource for Vashon’s young men – and their families – for creating and nurturing open, healthy connections and opportunities for growth in a fun, safe space.

“Journeymen is changing the future for this community by inspiring and educating young men about the power they hold to impact their own fate and that of the world around them.” says Superintendent of schools Dr. Slade McSheehy.

Band of Brothers is now scaled to serve hundreds of Vashon boys during the 2020-2021 school year, making it possible for them to meet weekly both virtually and at in-person meetups, per Covid-19 guidelines.

Tapping into themes that are relevant and engaging, dedicated teams of experienced Journeymen mentors will lead bands of boys grouped in grades 4-5, 6-7, 8, and 9-12 through age appropriate weekly challenges, facilitated discussion, peer-to-peer mentorship, community service, and dynamic team-building activities.

“Our vision is for Band of Brothers and Journeymen to be part of boys’ lives for years to come – creating lifelong, intergenerational relationships that nurture the creative spark of our youth, while tapping into the wisdom of our elders.” says Program Director Alex Craighead. “We see this work as being vital for the wellbeing of our youth and the greater island community.”

Journeymen applies our Cour Four framework to all of our offerings, cultivating strength through balance. By integrating the Cour Four – Mind, Body, Heart, Gift – boys are encouraged to test their physical, emotional, and social edges, a process that refines leadership and interpersonal skills and deepens strength of character, inspiring greater self-confidence.

Online registration for Band of Brothers opened this week, on Monday, August 31. Our first sessions will take place the week of September 14 and will continue through the school year. Journeymen is excited to be working with Vashon O-Space to host our weekly in-person meetups, with regular community service opportunities to be offered with on-island partners. Find out more about Band of Brothers and register here – journeymen.us/experience/band-of-brothers/

Band of Brothers is offered to all age-eligible boys living on Vashon or attending Vashon schools, and is not limited to boys enrolled in Vashon Island School District. Journeymen strongly encourages families with high need for social-emotional support to register early as space may be limited.

Journeymen is able to offer Band of Brothers at no-cost to our community thanks to generous private contributions and support from Vashon Island School District. We are more than half way to our fundraising goal for the school year. To help support Band of Brothers, please contact Executive Director Nicky Wilks at nicky@journeymen.us or Program Director Alex Craighead at alex@journeymen.us, or call Journeymen at 206-429-5203. All donations supporting Band of Brothers made through September 30, 2020 will be matched 100%.

About Journeymen: Inspired by nature, we are a diverse community of young adults, elders, volunteers, guides, youth, and families wholly focused on bringing out the best in our boys. We encourage compassionate, inspired, and resilient young men through nature-based rites of passage, mentorship, and community engagement.