Gateway to Manhood, also known as The Boys Group will ensure that all participants have the opportunity to gain access to valuable resources provided by its facilitator, Karim Grant. Its focus will be primarily directed towards civic engagement, behavioural modification through various evidence based approaches. It is the goal of Gateway to Manhood to allow underserved male youth to actualize and realize their potential through peer mentoring, workshop delivery, guest speakers and outings that relate to their educational and recreational needs.
This program will seek to provide a safe and reliable space for students that are experiencing difficulty in their classes to be excused and allowed to seek direction and support for behavioral, educational and mental health needs during class time, in an effort to thwart potential suspension, expulsions or non-conformative behavior.
The Breakthrough Program usually takes place 2 days a week, from 10am to 4pm. (i.e. Tuesdays and Thursdays), will continue throughout the school year until June.
Teachers, principals and counsellors will help to identify specific students who they feel could benefit from this workshop. The basis for the needs we are addressing are derived from primarily 3 areas: the findings in the most recent TDSB stats report re: student drop out rates, etc., the needs identified by staff and the geographical challenges being faced by youth, in particular young males between the age 14-18 in that particular neighbourhood/surrounding community.