Boys 2 Men

Who Am I?
By Lucas Monareng

Who am I?
Where do I come from?
What am I doing?
What does it mean to be me?
And what is my role in this world?

I am saying this because, I am one of those kids, who come from a background where the future was stolen by social issues such as HIV & AIDS, teenage pregnancy, crime, unemployment, environmental degradation and poverty.

Because of my involvement with youth centre, I can easily overcome all the challenges that affect my future. It is here where I learned about the values of skills and how to use a skill as a tool to overcome a social issue like poverty, which I know is one of the major contributing factors to spread HIV.

Who am I?
Where do I come from?
What am I doing?
What does it mean to be me?
And what is my role in this world?

B2M is a programme designed to enable young people to improve their knowledge of issues that they feel are a potential problem for them within the context of their life-worlds. It is not designed to be prescriptive or moralistic but rather to provide youth with information that can assist them to come up with strategies to better manage themselves at risky moments in the future.

While much attention is paid to HIV/AIDS it is now well known that violence, teenage pregnancy and STIs are of equal, if not more, importance to individuals as they grow into adulthood. The B2M programme attempts to provide young people with access to home-grown strategies for risk reduction at multiple frontiers of their young lives now and into their future.

Studies have shown the B2M programme has produced the following critical impacts:

  • Created and nurtured a space for participants to build confidence
  • Enabled participants to become critical thinkers within their own context
  • Enabled participants to foster “can do” attitudes to the challenges they experience
  • Enabled participants to make significant positive changes in their behaviour – including HIV testing and life skills
Boys 2 Men Life Skills Programme

Boys 2 Men Framework

The story of how the Boys 2 Men programme has developed is shown in the following pictorial framework.

Scroll the B2M Framework or click here to view in a new browser window