“There are many NGOs working on women and girls’ issues, but I can’t recall any NGO that works with issues concerning boys. I feel the latter is very serious as well, one that calls for our attention, which is why I’m so happy to be part of this along with Aangan Trust and My Choices Foundation” says Rakesh, Young Host.
As part of the BoyTalk Project, My Choices Foundation in partnership with Aangan Trust conducted a Master Trainer Programme for Youth Hosts on 16 and 17 March 2021. The aim of the programme was to facilitate comprehensive soft-skill development in young boys with respect to forming and sustaining group learning.
The BoyTalk project encourages young men to initiate conversations around toxic masculinity and gender-based stereotypes and understand how these preconceived notions can be harmful. Through conversations led by our Youth Hosts within their communities, young boys will be able to learn about healthy expressions of masculinity, how masculinity is a spectrum and will try to change the rigid gender narratives around “what it means to be a man.”
12 Youth Hosts attended the training programme. They gathered an in-depth understanding of key skills with the help of five states of the group learning process – forming, storming, norming, performing and grounding. At the end of the session, they felt confident about being able to coach and mentor adolescents.
If you would like to know more about the BoyTalk project, click here.