Here at St Mary’s Catholic College in Casino, we identified a need for an all men’s group in order to get the young men at our school talking about more than just what they did on the weekend.
We came up with a new initiative called ‘Blokes Get Real’. The group is open to all male students and male staff who act as adult mentors. Each meeting starts with sharing a meal together, then sitting down and having a chat about a range of topics such as, Greatest Sporting Moments, Mentors, Role Models and general life outside of school. After this we tune into the NRL’s Friday Night Footy fixture while having snacks, a few soft drinks and plenty of banter.
Our initial ‘Blokes Get Real’ meeting attracted 7 students which then doubled to 14 for our second meeting.
We hope that by offering this activity and building a community, a ‘Brotherhood’, we will enable the young men at our College to be open, honest and ‘real’ with each other, their mates, and their families. We believe that by breaking down the barriers that young men put up, we can start to remove the stigma around men speaking up.
Daniel Pouloudis & Theo Scholl
Youth Ministry Officers, St Mary’s Catholic College Casino.