Journeymen's CIRCLES course is a positive mentoring group for boys featuring weekly in-school group meetups, engaging experiential learning activities, and fun outdoor adventures.
In a safe, supportive, and empowering community of their peers, volunteer adult mentors, and trained facilitators, participants explore the 7 CIRCLES themes of Compassion, Integrity, Resiliency, Community, Leadership, Equity & Service.
All of our meetups involve utilizing a form of the "talking circle", during which all participants practice authentic communication, speaking and listening from the heart. In-school CIRCLES meetups are free to attend, and fees for outdoor adventures and off-site trips are sliding scale with fee waivers available for those in need.
CIRCLES begins the week of September 25th with the following proposed schedule:
Chautauqua Elementary School (4th & 5th Grade): 1:40pm - 2:35pm
McMurray Middle School: Wednesdays 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Vashon Island High School: Wednesdays 9:30am - 10:30am
Each group meets approximately 1x/week, is capped at 15 students, and will have at least 2 trained adults present at all times.
We host occasional "Open Circles" at the request of the community. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP at www.journeymen.us/open-circles. Parents, school staff, and other youth advocates are encouraged to attend.
CIRCLES will be available to all students at VISD grades 4th-12th who identify as male. If initial demand exceeds capacity we may intentionally hold space for certain students based on need.
Please note that completion of this form does not guarantee participation in CIRCLES. Journeymen and VISD staff will review submissions and allocate space as deemed appropriate.
I acknowledge that we will discuss topics often deemed uncomfortable for many, including issues likely to trigger strong emotions.
I acknowledge that CIRCLES staff and volunteers will establish clear confidentiality agreements with all group members while maintaining legal mandatory reporting requirements for our positions.
I acknowledge that there will be every reasonable effort made to minimise exposure to known risks. However, all hazards and dangers associated with these activities cannot be foreseen or may be beyond the control of staff.
I acknowledge that this course will be held on school property and at various offsite locations as determined by Journeymen staff.
I understand that my boy's participation in this course is voluntary.
I acknowledge that there will be trained first aid staff during each group meeting and that for any serious medical issues that may arise, there is an evacuation procedure which includes any affected participant being transferred to the nearest hospital. In the event of an ambulance being required or extra medical fees arising, they will be the responsibility of the participant.
I acknowledge that my Boy's school and/or school district is not liable for any risks, damages or negative consequences of my boy's participation in CIRCLES.
By clicking Submit below, I agree that I have read and understand all documentation related to the CIRCLES course and I understand the possible risks and the level involvement required.
I also understand that submitting this form does not guarantee my/my son's participation in CIRCLES and that additional follow up may be required.
Any questions or concerns about CIRCLES should be directed to Journeymen staff prior to participation and via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone.