Men's sheds and mentoring programs: Supporting teenage boys' connection with school

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Wilson, Nathan J., Cordier, Reinie and Wilkes-Gillan, Sarah. (2014) Men's sheds and mentoring programs: Supporting teenage boys' connection with school. International Journal of Men's Health. 13(2), pp. 92 - 100. https://doi.org/10.3149/jmh.1302.92
AuthorsWilson, Nathan J., Cordier, Reinie and Wilkes-Gillan, Sarah
Abstract

The successful transition from boyhood to manhood is one of the most important male life transitions. Teenage boys at risk of school exclusion, and thus social exclusion, face added difficulties when school participation becomes dysfunctional. Men's Sheds are community-based male-friendly places where men can connect with other members of their communities, while simultaneously providing opportunities to learn practical skills and develop new interests. Many Australian Men's Sheds are offering intergenerational mentoring programs, usually based on shared construction projects, specifically targeted at teenage boys who are considered at risk. This paper presents descriptive qualitative data about one such intergenerational mentoring program. Data were collected from interviews with 4 teenage boys, a school Transition Advisor, and written teacher evaluations. Descriptive findings suggest that such programs offer some teenage boys a positive space to learn, socialise, promote tangible notions of community service, and reinforce respectful relationships in the supportive presence of older men.

Keywordsbiomedical; blind peer reviewed; editorial board reviewed; expert peer reviewed; peer reviewed; USA
Year2014
JournalInternational Journal of Men's Health
Journal citation13 (2), pp. 92 - 100
PublisherMen's Studies Press
ISSN1532-6306
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3149/jmh.1302.92
Page range92 - 100
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
Place of publicationUnited States of America
EditorsS. Robertson
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