Identity & Mission
Journeymen Institute is a 501c3 non-profit organization rooted in the heart of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound), WA. Inspired by nature, we are a diverse community of young adults, elders, volunteers, guides, youth and families wholly focused on bringing out the best in our boys.
Our mission is to encourage compassionate, inspired and resilient young men through nature-based rites of passage, mentorship, and community engagement.
Men of Integrity Respecting All Thriving Together
1 in 3 young men have no positive male figure
Boys without one are 2x as likely to turn to crime
1 out of 3 boys say they lack a sense of identity
Boys are 3.5x more likely to commit suicide than girls
Boys are less likely to apply to, attend, and graduate from college than their female peers
Without social-emotional support, boys are more likely to turn to self-destruction and violence
Resilient and vibrant societies from past and present have traditionally upheld ceremonial initiation experiences to welcome youth into adulthood. However, most youth in modern, Western society will never experience an intentional Rite of Passage. Further, we recognize how this gap is affecting boys and young men, who often face tremendous pressure to fit into the “Man Box”, an unhealthy and inauthentic image of manhood.
Journeymen facilitates vital experiences to guide the men of tomorrow to discover their authentic gifts, create a strong vision for their future, and fully engage in their lives through meaningful service and effective, heart-centered action.
Through these initiatives, Journeymen is deeply committed to fostering equitable and regenerative communities that address many of modern society’s most prominent issues, namely, sexual assault & violence against women, traumatic early life experiences, and the abuse of natural resources.
Boys are born. Men are Initiated.
Journeymen’s key offerings include in-school positive mentoring courses (CIRCLES) for boys, multi-day outdoor camps, weekend camps for families, and intensive training courses for adults seeking personal and professional development as youth advocates, mentors and guides.
Journeymen is currently partnered with several school districts in the Greater Seattle-Tacoma region, offering in-school mentorship to boys at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Our dream is for all boys to have access to this life-changing work, and we need your help to make it real. Get involved, donate or contact us today.
Building Strength Through Balance
Everyone carries a unique gift for the world
See it. Claim it. Share it.
We hold 3 simple values close to our heart:
Nature is the ultimate teacher
We look to our external and internal environments for inspiration, wisdom, and guidance. Finding our place in nature is both fun and healthy, and we don’t have to venture deep into the wilderness to remember our connection.
Growth requires discomfort, not pain
Balancing healthy risk with safety is where this work shines. Finding and knowing our personal edges is empowering and allows us to dial ourselves into appropriate challenges that move us more deeply into our true selves.
Integration brings it home
Ongoing support and engagement creates lasting change in us and in our communities. In a world of abundant “peak” experiences, the real work happens everyday, and support extends long after the last day of camp.