abandofbrothers (ABOB) work with young men involved in the criminal justice system, providing them with the support they need to make the transition to an adulthood free of crime, and full of connection, purpose and meaning. We do this through our Quest Programme which brings young men and adult role models together in an intensive contemporary rites-of-passage experience and an accredited mentoring programme.
The young men we meet have often experienced or witnessed domestic violence. They may have been abused or else kept someone else’s abuse a secret. They may have experienced neglect. They may have grown up where drug and alcohol abuse is commonplace and where positive adult role models are in short supply.
Our focus is to link adult male role models to these young men, giving them experiences that challenge them and support their growth, and providing them with a lasting community that supports them.
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“I had never believed I was worthy of anything, and this weekend helped me realise that I was worthy of a job, a future and more. I really like that all the men are there for each other. It makes such a difference.” – Jake, abandofbrothers graduate
We have seen an 82% reduction in the severity of offending behaviour after The Quest programme.
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Men account for 8 out of 10 people cautioned by the police, and nearly 9 out of 10 people found guilty for indictable offences are men. Men are responsible for 97% of burglary and 92% of violence against the person.
We live in a society largely stalled at adolescence. Many adult men seem to relish and prolong adolescence for decades. However tempting it may be to blame and punish disaffected youth, a range of adolescent psychopathologies are all too easy to identify in many adult men across the social spectrum.
How might your life have been different if, when you were a young man uncertain about something you could not begin to explain, or overwhelmed by the power of your own emotion, that there had been older men who would acknowledge your anger and confusion without advice or judgment?
a Band of Brothers offers a range of programmes that provides training to would be mentors as well as mentees. Information on additional courses will follow shortly.
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Changing the narrative of someone’s life is not an easy thing for the state to do.
Our narratives are formed and developed in organic ways throughout our lives. The training & mentoring we offer has been recognised and accredited by the University of Brighton as a process that is especially effective at helping these young men rewrite the narrative of their lives.54 young men have graduated from six programmes run to date with another 13 from Eastbourne to graduate later this year.
The results are remarkable, with an 80% drop in offending rates by those men and as many as 80% of them finding employment or going into further education. Additionally some of the young men have gone on to volunteer on community projects overseas with Raleigh and, more locally, with the Princes Trust. Additionally, seven of the young men have now stepped up more than once to staff training weekends for both the adult mentors and their own peers.
It is incredibly heart-warming to see how many of our recent applications and self-referrals have come from the personal recommendation of our graduates. For us, this is the very essence of community building.
I also recommended A Band of Brothers to my younger brother and, 2 years on, he’s just completed his training with them as well. It’s great to know there’s a project out there for men of all different ages and that me and my brother can stay involved for as long as we want
I have also staffed four weekend trainings with A Band of Brothers and it’s been really satisfying putting older men through their paces so that they can become great mentors for more young men like me.
I am now nine months into my three year apprenticeship and on track to becoming a fully fledged technician. I start work at 8.30am and finish at 5.30pm. It’s my dream job and I feel so lucky to be doing something that I’m genuinely passionate about.
abandofbrothers Oxford – Can you make a difference in a young man’s life?
Enter your text here..Thank you for your interest and for clicking this link. We’re looking for more men to join our thriving Oxford Community, to offer their time to mentor a young man who would benefit from your support. You don’t need to have to any specific skills or background – what you do need is an open heart and an open mind. We welcome men from all backgrounds and life experiences. To find out more, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch.
We are working towards a society where young men and their families are supported through the difficult transition into manhood.
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A bit more about where we are going
abandofbrothers regards the problem of disaffected young men as an oversight of our culture to address fundamental male issues. The disintegration of traditional family units, weaker bonds between father and son, the decline of community support structures, the proliferation of mass society, rampant consumerism and the lure of drugs and alcohol have resulted in unprecedented challenges for many adolescents and therefore for society. As any definition of manhood seems ever more vague and even trivial, today’s boys and young men face an increasing struggle trying to grow and mature into adulthood.
abandofbrothers supports young men in making a healthy transition to adult manhood and creates powerful mentoring networks that they can call upon in times of need. We believe that every young man seeks identity, meaning and a purpose into which he can channel the considerable energies of early male adulthood and that many long-term social problems can be alleviated if young men are provided with appropriate personal encouragement, engagement and attention from first-hand role models to support this process.
The good news is that there are many adult men of conviction, courage and valuable experience that are willing and able to make such a constructive contribution, and whose hard earned wisdom has up to now lacked a context for its transmission. Central to all of our programmes are experiences that have come to be termed “rites of passage.” Through this context we harness the integral goodwill of local adult men by providing them with a powerful training that develops mentoring skills, emotional intelligence and enhances authenticity and confidence. This in turn empowers the adult men to provide a rites of passage training and ongoing mentorship to young men of their community.
abandofbrothers ’ approach thereby acts as a powerful catalyst for creating social capital through reconciling generations of men by empowering each toward collaborations that serve both a common purpose and a positive vision for their own life. We encourage and facilitate young men towards developing a healthy connection to their communities through acting with the emotional literacy, confidence and respect that comes through healthy self-esteem and self-awareness.