Voices to Men

Empowerment

Voices to Men is designed to provide young men with the knowledge and skills to be socially and economically successful community leaders. Through a variety of targeted sessions, outings, and exercises with male mentors, participants will demonstrate knowledge of and strategically use their social, educational, and real voices and challenge the often-restrictive story plaguing men of color. In doing so, participants will speak their rich stories, discuss relevant and pressing issues in a supportive environment, heal, and grow. 

Guiding Framework:

S: Space to Speak My Story

  •  Most of the young men are told to be silent and compliant. We want to hear their story as they understand it in their own language. 

 

A: Audience of Peers and Mentors

  • When men get together there are issues we understand in a unique way, while our perception is individual our experience is collective. We are often empowered by community. 

 

F: Forum for Issues that are Important

  • The issues that face our young men are important to them, this is a place to talk about them. 

 

E: Experiences to Help Men Grow

  • Sometimes we can’t see what the end result of our work may be but seeing others who have faced our same challenges and succeeded gives us confidence and a blueprint for our own success.

Goals: 

  • Giving young men a voice to create a sense of community.

  • Expanding participants’ abilities to navigate life’s challenges.

 

Students Engage In:

  • Barbershop Talks 

  • Physical Activities 

  • Social and Cultural Outings 

  • Team Building Exercises 

Program Length: 

  • January – June  

 

Eligibility Status: 

  • 9th – 12th grader 

VOICE:

Raw expression of how personal truths are realized, actualized, and expressed.

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SOCIAL VOICE:

Charged by the essence of advocacy, can change the trajectory of their lives. 

“Can I make a difference?”

“I have ideas…How do I mobilize them and turn them into a plan of action
to help my community?”

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EDUCATIONAL VOICE:

Conscious youth understand what they know and express why their knowledge matters.

"What resources are available that I can access in a place where I won’t be
reluctant or embarrassed to ask?”

“What strategies are available to help me explore my opportunities?”

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REAL VOICE:

Unfettered youth have an authentic awareness of their current space and place in life. 

 

“I want to talk the way I understand, not the way you want me to talk, not in a way that makes sense to you, but in a way, that makes sense to me—no buffers, no autocorrect.”

Visit

6031 Broad Street #202

Pittsburgh, PA  15206 

Call

T: 412-661-7834 

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