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We are reaching out to our incredible community for support in funding a truly transformative experience for our young boys.
Our goal is to provide them with the opportunity of a lifetime - a journey to The Gambia in West Africa, where they will not only take their first flight ✈️ but also participate in a culturally rich RITES OF PASSAGE ceremony , a vital step in their journey towards attaining true manhood.
The trip will take place in Easter 2025 and we will be taking 18 teenagers .
MAG (Manhood Academy Global) are currently working tirelessly to teach, train, transform, and initiate young boys into the greatness of their manhood before the streets induct them into its Hall of Fame .
The street’s ‘hall of fame’ includes thousands upon thousands of young boys of African and Caribbean descent, who - for one reason or another - have ended up dead while being in police custody ; some are involved in gangs , killing their brothers; others transition from school to prison , sectioned into mental institutions and/or selling drugs . Some produce damning music videos , and the list goes on and on.
This sought-after 'hall of fame' belongs to the streets – not to the parents or their loved ones.
There are too many young ‘black’ boys getting sucked into the system (i.e., the streets), and the number one reason for this is because there are no MEN in their lives who are standing up for them, teaching and instilling ancient principles.
As you can imagine, accomplishing this mission will not only take ongoing and unwavering sacrifices from the mentors (father figures) but will also require resources and support from the community.
To acquire these resources, we need a financial commitment from family members and community believers alike.
We consider it to be a blessing and an honor that the community - given the right opportunity - will support the cultivating of a bright future for our boys through MAG.
About – MAG
MAG is a multi-award-winning and BAFTA-nominated charity committed to offering participants transformational workshops, aimed at young men aged between 8 - 12 & 13 - 19 years.
We are 100% focused on helping our teenage boys make the seemingly challenging transition from adolescence into manhood.
Why Rites of Passage?
Similar to graduation from school, college, or university , the rites of passage mark the transition from one phase of life to another. Many years ago in traditional societies, boys grew up in the company of men – learning how to act and behave as an adult and learning the skills needed in manhood. At the age of 13 or 14 (depending on the culture), boys were initiated into manhood , and from that day they were expected to fulfill tasks as men in their society.
In today’s Western culture, many boys spend much of their childhood as fatherless sons; their mothers are the primary caregivers from birth through to adolescence. The average 13 or 14-year-old boy will have a male teacher for merely 1 year of schooling in their primary years. In addition to this, the self-created rites of passage that young men adopt to ‘prove’ their manhood - (e.g. - teenage violence and [underage] sexual promiscuity) and the startling rate of suicide are high amongst males of this age group.
It is evident that we have a problem with developing good men in the West.
We need your help!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
IF WE DO NOT INDUCT THE YOUTH INTO THIS VILLAGE THEY WILL BURN IT DOWN JUST TO FEEL THE WARMTH FROM THE FLAMES
Completing the transition into manhood is near impossible because the distractions and negative external factors are abundant. This is the reason we deem it necessary to take our sons away for 10 days to complete their training.
The Aim Of Taking Our Sons From London To The Gambia, Which Is Alien To Their Usual Surroundings, Is To Immerse Them In A Transformative Journey That Unearths The Essence Of True Manhood, Empowering Them To Navigate Life's Path With Resilience, Understanding, & A Global Perspective.
All of our sons will be prepared for this journey for 12 months before traveling, to ensure they are physically, emotionally, and mentally ready for the next stage of their transformation.
During the rites of passage, young people will be working towards their 5-year development plan – the isolation will ensure that they stay focused and committed to the task.
Taking young people away from their familiar environment will inevitably force them to focus on their specific fears, which will consequently lead them to reassess their environment.
As a result of this group isolation and bonding exercise, several fears will be addressed, such as insecurity, low self-esteem, loneliness, survival, and unknown challenges; life dedication, trust, responsibility, and manhood!
Key activities will include:
- Cultural anchoring.
- Field trips. ♂️
- Midnight initiation (in a safe and secure location).
- Deep silence and meditation. ♂️
- Group discussions.
- Cultural exchanges.
- Ancestral wisdom from elders.
- Rites of passage celebration in an African village.
Once completed, the young boys (teenagers) will be empowered enough to begin to address and have a deeper appreciation of their role in the wider community; adopt a moral code and enhance a deeper understanding of self holistically.
❤️ WE WANT TO SAVE THEIR LIVES, AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO THIS IS BY SUPPORTING THEM IN BECOMING A MAN OF SUBSTANCE!