When villages functioned in real life, in a time before men were called away to work in cities, a time before social media made available the lives, opinions and stories of thousands of people called friends; men, fathers, and elders watched the boys and were available to guide and nurture in them the qualities of integrity, authenticity, and honor. The nature of life, the pull of budding sexuality, the challenges of providing, the dance of relationship—men's experiences with these realities provided wisdom to share with the boys of the village. Mentoring could occur naturally simply by proximity.
Today the concept of the village seems almost quaint.
In real terms a village is limited in its size; not just geographically, but, in numbers. Homes and buildings are close together and as a result, so are its people. But the qualities of the Village have something to teach us today about the nature of human relationship, the authentic potential for community, and a model for "leaning into" interdependence.
It is this vision of the Village that informs our work in Boys To Men.
If you could choose a village of your own, what would it look like? What are you willing to do (or give up) to breathe life into that vision?
“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem." Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”