The ManKind Project Recognizes Purpose Driven Men who are Changing the Culture

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International men’s training organization recognizes men living missions of service in live online awards ceremonies on March 3 and March 4, 2015. For the 16th year, the ManKind Project (MKP), an international federation of nonprofit training and support organizations for men, will present the Ron Hering Mission of Service Awards to men recognized by their communities and regions as living lives of extraordinary service to the world.

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Each year elders in ManKind Project communities across the globe select men who are role models of purpose-driven lives, positively impacting others through their efforts - both personally and professionally.

A primary outcome of the ManKind Project’s New Warrior Training Adventure is the creation of a personal mission statement. Program graduates, called New Warriors, create these statements as a reflection of their desire to impact positive change in the world using the unique gifts and tools they have developed over their lives. For many men, a sense of purpose becomes a powerful motivation for overcoming fears and becoming agents of change.

"This is one of the things that makes the ManKind Project a uniquely powerful organization," says Boysen Hodgson, Communications Director for the USA Region, "Men have the opportunity to create a personal sense of purpose that will be life-long. They have the space to do the work of overcoming obstacles, and they have an incredible community of men to support and challenge them to live BIG!"

Ron Hering was one of the founders of the ManKind Project and a co-creator of the New Warrior Training Adventure. Each year elders in ManKind Project communities across the globe select men who are role models of purpose-driven lives, positively impacting others through their efforts - both personally and professionally.

Past Hering Award winners include numerous Presidential Champion of Change Award Winners, globally recognized speakers, authors, and institution leaders, and founders of service organizations created to heal and promote healthy communities.

Two of last year’s winners were Ashanti Branch, founder of Oakland California’s Ever Forward Club, recently featured in the documentary film “The Masks We Live In,” and Anthony Divittorio, founder of the BAM (Becoming A Man) program in Chicago which has produced remarkable reductions in violence and drop-out rates in inner city Chicago youth.

For the third time, the Awards Ceremony will be hosted in a live online presentation and slide-show. 32 awards will be given to men from across the United States, Germany, France, and Canada.

Notable examples for 2014:

Shannon Lee Wyman Kenevan, the founder of Fox Valley Voices of Men, an organization whose mission is to “change the attitudes and actions of men and boys that contribute to the abuse of women and girls.” The Fox Valley Voices of Men breakfast has brought thousands of men together to take a pledge to end violence against women and children.

Willie Baronet’s project, “We are all homeless,” has now been featured on multiple national news outlets including Al Jazeera USA and NPR’s morning edition. Baronet’s work to raise awareness about homelessness through art and direct action has inspired tens of thousands of men and women to rethink ‘home.’

Also receiving the Ron Hering Award in 2014; Douglas Ryder for his roles with Veterans for Peace, Steven Martin for his outstanding work with boys through the Boys to Men Mentoring Network, and David Kuhn, a blind grandfather who has committed to running over 11,000 miles to raise awareness and funds for cystic fibrosis, with which his grand-daughter has been diagnosed.    

The awards ceremony will take place on two consecutive days, Tuesday March 3rd and Wednesday March 4th. Following the event, the recorded broadcast will be made available through the ManKind Project’s web site.

Learn more about past Ron Hering Award winners on the web site.

The ManKind Project USA is a nonprofit [501 (c)(3)] charitable organization that conducts challenging and highly rewarding programs for men at every stage of life. The ManKind Project supports a global network of peer-facilitated men's groups where men mentor men through the passages of their lives. The ManKind Project empowers men to missions of service, supporting men to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the world. Their flagship training, described by many as the most powerful men's training available, is the New Warrior Training Adventure. The ManKind Project (MKP) is not affiliated with any religious practice or political party.

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