Youth is a time when we seek a vision for our lives and the role we play within the world around us. It is a time when we naturally explore, engage in risk, and look to the greater community for modeling, education, inspiration, and support. In the absence of a community that challenges us, sees us, and guides us to live to live true to what we know we face a void that can pull us toward behaviors that are are limiting or harmful.
Why an Experiential model:
The adolescent brain is wired to learn through experience. Through challenge, risk, and camaraderie boys develop new capacities as they gain a sense of self.
When boys step away from their day-to-day triggers and experience the healing effects of nature, they open up to new possibilities for their lives.
- A supportive community of adults and peers is an essential foundation from which boys become themselves. Feeling supported and understood allows boys to heal, grow, and integrate new knowledge more effectively.
- Boys are more receptive to therapeutic support as they develop authentic relationships with adult mentors and create supportive interactions with peers.
The resilience to follow life's calling comes when we are supported by our communities, when we develop the capacity to meet our challenges with courage, and when we connect with our own purpose.
Crows Calling partners with our umbrella nonprofit Movimiento to offer programming for youth of all genders and gender identification.
Why Crows Calling...
I created Crows Calling to meet the needs I see playing out among the boys that I work with--needs often expressed through their struggles. In witnessing what is happening in our world today, I see that as a culture we must support our boys in finding healthy expressions for their natural drives. Through the years I have watched young people shift their relationship to life as they find connections that are real, risk that has meaning, challenge that opens them to their gifts, and purpose that shows them that they are a part of something greater than themselves. When boys find themselves in "trouble" (including symptoms often associated with a psychological diagnosis) they are playing out these deeper drives in maladaptive ways.
For youth to move through the passage from teen to adult they need to be guided by people and communities that model a way of living and being which they know in their hearts is possible. We must shift from asking our youth to limit their visions to asking culture to grow to be able to encompass the possibilities that are emerging through them.