Tribe Youth

Tribe Youth is a program where community elders provide young men with the knowledge, skills and support to become the best men they can be.

I have experienced the difficulty in becoming a proud member of society when you have no decent role models. You don’t know what you don’t know and the best way to develop a sense of self pride and accomplishment is to rub shoulders with those that already possess it in themselves.

A variety of adult role models from the community will provide guidance and skills to young men that lack role models at home. At the end of the course all attendees with a desirable outcome will be invited to pledge to be a good man and follow our code of conduct for life.  All those that pledge will be inducted into the group as a member and will receive a certificate and a token of membership.

Target group: Males Ages approximately 12 to 17. Attendance must be voluntary.

Basis: 2 hour group-based discussions, demonstrations and or site visits and one on one assistance where required.

Time period:  Three options are given.

4 weekly group sessions

6 weekly group sessions

8 weekly group sessions

Topics:

  1. Introduction to the course, code of conduct, invitation to join.
  2. First Impressions
  3. Cooking and diet
  4. Conflict and Respect
  5. Finances and legal
  6. General home maintenance
  7. General car maintenance
  8. Pledge Day

1. Introduction to the course, code of conduct, invitation to join.

Being a Tribe member must be completely voluntary for the participant. Tribe Culture relies on a desire for belonging and a willingness to be the best version of yourself you can be. If that is missing the participant will not engage and will lessen the impact of the program on both themselves and those around them. During this initial introduction the participant will receive an outline of the course and the code of conduct. They will be engaged in conversation by the group leader and at the end will be asked if they feel that Tribe is for them.

Conducted by Ryan Elson and Tribe Elders

 2. First Impressions

Introducing yourself and others courtesy, eye contact, handshakes, manners, appropriate swearing, shaving, washing, dressing, cleaning shoes, tying a tie, personal grooming

Conducted in conjunction with a local sponsor.

 3. Cooking and Diet

Preparation of four simple healthy meals with limited cooking utensils

Conducted in conjunction with a local sponsor.

 4. Conflict and Respect

Dealing with conflict, handling hazing, de-escalation of conflict. Respect to all but especially woman.

Conducted in conjunction with Queensland Police

 5. Finances and Legal

Handling money, understanding a contract

Conducted in conjunction with a local sponsor.

 6. General home maintenance

Cleaning, mowing, making a bed, simple sewing

Conducted in conjunction with a local sponsor.

 7. Camping Skills

Fishing, lighting a fire, camping, basic 1st aid, cooking a BBQ

Conducted in conjunction with a local sponsor.

 8. General car maintenance

Fuelling a vehicle, correct fuel, checking oil and coolant, checking tyres

Conducted in conjunction with a local sponsor.

Outcomes:

  • Personal Pride in participants
  • Increased social skills
  • Decrease in antisocial behaviour
  • Exposure to different life paths
  • Employment opportunities

Measurables:

  • Reduced convictions
  • Increased employment