Guardian journalist Iman Amrani has filmed an insightful piece on Modern Masculinity featuring a range of male participants from our FBB Schools programme as part of a wider series featured on the Guardian’s YouTube channel. The interviews are conducted in a friendly and informal fashion, giving our young people the opportunity to speak for themselves and express their feelings wholeheartedly.
Many of our male participants have been exploring the topic of Modern Masculinity through a project-based learning series called “What Makes A Man”. The aim is to support a healthier form of positive masculinity which allows teenage boys to express themselves fully and without fear of judgement.
We have learnt through our work with boys that you have to go beyond the stereotypes and let boys express themselves. In the interview, Daniel, 15, said “Masculinity is not what you see on TV or in the magazines. It is not about having the best figure, having all the females, or smelling the greatest. It is about integrity, being yourself and doing the right thing when no one is there.” Meanwhile Kobe, 16, highlighted the importance of going beyond existing stereotypes about young people: “Masculinity is misinterpreted these days. People go for stereotypes like strength and protection but it is about being caring and having self-awareness.”
You can watch the full video here:
FBB are trying to create a world which is healthier and happier in which all young people are able to make a transition to a fulfilled adult life. We know that the most important determinant of anyone’s physical and mental health is the quality of their relationships.
The ability to form deeply connected and long lasting personal relationships is the best protective factor that we can provide for a young person. We know that building quality relationships depends on an individual’s values and beliefs about the world and on their ability to understand and regulate their emotions.
Therefore, our programme works to provide young people with:
- A sense of belonging to a tribe.
- A deeply bonded friendship group.
- A set of values which is most closely linked with personal fulfilment and being listened to.
- An ability to develop and pursue intrinsic goals.
- An understanding of their own and others’ emotions and spaces to express them.
We do this through:
- Explicitly talking about and reinforcing the idea of an FBB Family, both digitally and in person.
- Creating the safe spaces and powerful experiences which are most fertile for the creation of deep connections.
- Delivering inspiring opportunities and learning experiences which engage with young people’s passions.
- Offering expert and accessible group based and one to one support to enable young people to develop their emotional awareness.
- Providing long term, stable relationships with highly trained, community based, relatable role models who relentlessly reinforce these ideas and values.