LeadershipWorks Mentor Training with Mitch DeArmon Offers Innovative New Model for Working with Adolescent Boys

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LeadershipWorks Mentor Training is a new model for mentoring adolescent boys designed for service providers, educators, therapists, probation officers, social workers, mental health workers, mentors, and other men who support the healthy development of males.

“Our society has completely failed our young men. The rise in hazing, violence, incarceration, depression, and medicating and self-medicating through alcohol and drugs is only the beginning. Our hope and our challenge lie with men mentoring our young men and in women trusting men enough to let them.” --Mitch DeArmon

What: LeadershipWorks Mentor Training is a new model for mentoring adolescent boys designed for service providers, educators, therapists, probation officers, social workers, mental health workers, mentors, and other men who support the healthy development of males.

When: The next Mentor Training Workshop is being held February 26 & 27, 2005 (Sat 9 to 5, and Sun 9 to 2)

Where: Santa Rosa, California

(The Volunteer Center, 153 Stony Circle)

Travel and accommodation information will be set with registration.

Why: The more we learn about gender differences the more apparent it has become that boys and girls need to be approached with different styles and models of mentoring and support. Where self-esteem, safety, and relationship govern girl mentoring models, boys are motivated to change through the standards expected of them, their conduct, and performance. What works with girls does not work with boys and in fact, does them harm. The physicality of boys and their outward focus of attention, require a new model for mentoring and a new kind of mentor.

How: This innovative training provides a new and compelling framework for working with teen boys based on the work of facilitator Mitch DeArmon. DeArmon applied for and was awarded a $240,000 private grant in 2002 and 2003 to develop mentoring programs for male youth. He formed LeadershipWorks to better serve young men and their families as well as train mentors. This model is based on his experience with working with thousands of young men. Attendees will discover more about the model, why it works, and receive training in the gender specific facilitation skills that will change how they work with boys.

Who: Trainer Mitch DeArmon is the Director of LeadershipWorks, an organization dedicated to serving young men ages 12 to 19 through mentoring programs, camps, workshops, information, and consulting—all designed to empower youth to take responsibility for their actions, community, and future. DeArmon’s innovative approach to helping young men has made him a coveted trainer and speaker, ranging from workshops for incarcerated youth at the California Youth Authority to speeches at the International Conference on Men's Health. DeArmon has been a trainer for the mentors for the Young Men’s Ultimate Weekend for the past four years. He is contracted by school districts to conduct his programs for their male youth. He also works as a youth advocate for Restorative Resources, a diversion program that develops and helps implement restitution plans for juvenile offenders. Additionally, he consults with families and boys in crisis. His parenting radio show Reality Check with Mitch DeArmon can be heard every Tuesday (12:30 p.m.) on KSRO (1350 AM).

Cost: $75 fee includes two days of training, the LeadershipWorks Mentoring Program procedure manual, and catered lunch.

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