An Instructional Program For Adolescent Activities
Man to Man
In the developed countries of our world
today, the rate of physical maturation for human beings has
increased to a level that is often beyond comprehension. Because
of good nutrition and better living standards, the age of puberty
has changed in the last 100 years from 17 years of age for boys
and girls to 11.5 years of age for girls and 13 years of age for
boys. Our children have adult functioning bodies long before
cognitive maturation has peaked.
This curriculum was designed to enhance the
communication skills of young adolescent males and the
significant adult males in their lives, and to begin dialog about
the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty.
This module is designed to target early
adolescent males and provide them with information and practical
experience in communicating their personal values and making
appropriate decisions concerning their health and their future.
- To promote effective communication
between early adolescent males and male adult role
models, i.e., fathers or other significant males.
- To provide a safe environment for open
discussion and critical thinking about their future.
- To increase knowledge about adolescent
male development and promote responsible decision making
concerning roles, relationships, and health.
- To enhance attitudes, values, and
beliefs about fatherhood.
B. Group Size
- A minimum of two male facilitators is
necessary for group functions and programming.
- A minimum of 6 male pairs and a
maximum of 15 male pairs, consisting of 5th and 6th grade
adolescent males and their fathers or other significant
males, are necessary for group activities and functions
during the program.
C. Time Required
- The lead time for this program is a
minimum of 60 days. Announcements, press releases, fund
raising, and program planning should be started well
ahead of the proposed program date.
- Program time is approximately four
hours and may be implemented evenings or Saturdays,
depending on schedules. The time may be adjusted in order
to accommodate the activities and discussion.
- A meal function is normally planned
within the time scheduled and should be a comfortable
setting for continued discussion.
D. Materials Needed
- The materials needed will depend upon
the activities chosen by the program planner. Basic
- Name tags Pens/pencils Colored markers
- Index cards VCR and TV Newsprint
- Handouts Overhead projector Screen
- Easel Tape
E. Physical Setting
The facility chosen must have enough room
to accommodate those registered for the program, a maximum number
of 30 participants is ideal. The facility must have ample room
for activities and movement. Chairs enough for all and tables for
displays would be beneficial. If a meal is to be served, a
kitchen area would also be necessary.
- No fee is necessary if you are
successful at fund-raising. Your community, church or
local organization may provide meeting space,
food/refreshments, supplies, door prizes, etc.
- Books, pamphlets, videos, etc., may be
borrowed from a variety of resource libraries within your
This program may be promoted throughout
your community by contacting local newspapers, elementary/middle
school newsletters, television personnel, parent/ teacher
organizations, local community organizations and agencies,
pediatricians, hospitals, community care facilities, etc. Sample
letters and promotional materials are included within this
All participants in the program will
complete the evaluation forms provided within this module.
(Attachment A) Facilitator will provide anecdotal evaluation of
program presented and the level of participation by those in
I. Lessons Learned
- 1. Establish sponsoring organization
and secure programming committee well in advance of
- 2. Male facilitator must be secured
before the planning begins and must be part of the
planning committee. Without a male facilitator, the
program will not succeed.
- 3. Facility must have sufficient space
for program activities as well as play at break time.
- 4. Information and activities must be
designed with all three types of learners, i.e., visual,
auditory, and kinesthetic, in mind. A variety of methods
of presentation and a variety of activities will insure
that goals of the program are met.