Welcome to Manhood Academy Global (M.A.G). M.A.G is a community-based company with a global reach that is committed to our children’s life-changing transformation opportunities.
Our unique ‘rites of passage’ is a fusion of;
Transformative Master classes
121 Intensive Life Coaching and Mentoring
The world is transforming at an alarming rate, sometimes it is impossible to keep it.
According to the Office for National Statistics Men account for 8 out of 10 people cautioned by the police, and nearly 9 out of 10 people found guilty for indictable offences are men. Men are responsible for 97% of burglary and 92% of violence against the person.
It is clear that we are living in a society where something awful is happening to men. There seems to be a gap between manhood and adolescence and our mission at Manhood Academy Global is to address that gap by helping our sons make that transition from childhood to manhood.
We could be here all day dissecting the issues within our community, issues that seem to be spearheaded by men. Whatever your social standpoint, we cannot stick our head in the sand pretending that there is no problem. There is a massive issue and this issue is having a major effect on society.
"If you do not initiate the boy into the village he will burn it down just to feel the warmth"
‘Building Responsible Leaders of Tomorrow for the World of Today’
Through our ‘rites of passage' programme we:
Teach our boys about manhood.
Expose our young leaders to images of positivity and responsibility.
Become more empathetic towards community issues, encouraging them to become active and responsible citizens.
Create tangible goals that are related directly to their value system, passions, and expectations.
Understand their most powerful weapon is at their disposal; having the ability to communicate effectively is the key to unlock that power.
Better understand themselves and the world around them.
Understand that with confidence and a powerful sense of self, they have won every battle, even before they have started. We want our young leaders to be balanced.
Have a vivid vision of what they want from life and the steps necessary to get there; we want our boys to become unstoppable, focused and iconic!
To nurture, through a ‘Rites of Passage program, The evolution of our ‘Boys to Men’ through social, emotional, economic and spiritual guidance, under the wings of M.A.G.
Our Story - From humble beginnings
This story begins in May 2015 when Davis J Williams visited the Gambia for the 2nd time. Fascinated with how peaceful and loving the people from this West African country were, Davis sought their principles to take back to the UK and to share with those from inner-city London.
It is said, “until we initiate our sons into the village they will burn down just to feel the warmth” well it was clear, young people in the UK are burning down the village right now!
The Gambians taught Davis one thing, the boys of this country don't get the gift of manhood until they complete their rites of passage, and that is when the penny dropped.
Boys from The West need to go through a rites of passage. In Western society (but not in other parts of the world), this tradition of transforming boys to men and girls to young women has been lost. Youth gang initiations are nothing but rites of passage, gone rogue, without the guidance of wise elder men!
So there you have it, with that in mind MAG, an African centred ‘Rites of Passage’ programme with the sole purpose of helping our teenage boys to navigate the challenging road from ‘Childhood to Adulthood’ was born.
A Little More Detail
They say the lands of Africa are the most fertile in the world. If you plant anything anywhere in Africa it will grow.
This is something that happened in October 2014, when my daughter Makaylah; who was 9 at the time; and myself (Davis) journeyed to Africa, for the first time. Whilst out there, we both planted our essence in Africa. When we returned to the UK from The Gambia, 9 year oldMakaylah, became an author of a book called "My First Trip to The Gambia."
Her father, on the other hand, returned with the vision of launching a Rites of Passage experience for young boys who needed to experience Manhood. Months later, the multi award winning, Manhood Academy for Boys was birthed, spearheaded by 8 men who shared Davis's vision.
A special thank you to Mr Hughie Rose and Mrs Angela Rose from AG Associates who coordinated both trips to The Gambia. AG Associates, and AG Tours, we look forward to taking many more trip with you in the future.
"Heal the boy and the man will appear"
12 Days In The Gambia
This rites of passage to The Gambia was historic, life-changing and transformational. Africa had planted its revolutionary seeds of change within the psyche of these 14 teenage boys. We patiently await the harvest.
Africa also planted its revolutionary seeds of change within Manhood Academy. That change is now known as M.A.G (Manhood Academy Global).
On our return from The Gambia in January 2019 there were major changes. The personal behind Manhood Academy changes as we shifted towards a more GLOBAL VISION.
On the 23rd February 2019 M.A.G was born. This life-changing expansion had to be done because we wanted to further ensure that our children are exposed to a global platform.
Africa is a continent for the future. Africa and the world are the ideal places for our children, to become not only men but to connect them to the robust and unexplored wealth that this planet has to offer.
We want our children to become ethical leaders that not only think and act locally but for them to make inspire globally.
Thank you to all who have supported Manhood Academy for Boys, over the years. M.A.G, now looks forward to developing healthy and progressive relationships, in the months to come.
What Is Rites Of Passage?
Manhood Academy Global is built on the shoulders of an ancient tradition termed: RITES OF PASSAGE.
A time old process of raising students from boys to men in seclusion, facilitated by older men of the community. In antiquity ‘Rites of Passage’ was a prerequisite to manhood on all continents from ancient Africa, indigenous India, native America, Australasia, the Orient and Europe.
The tradition of initiating boys into becoming the providers and protectors of the family and ethical citizens has been lost. Mainstream youth culture is a result of rites of passage gone rogue, as young people now find other routes into manhood, a passage that is being dictated by music and mainstream media instead of the men of the community.
Our Guiding Principles and Values
MAG's work embodies a set of core values. These values are important because they ensure that each member of our movement, from Trustees, frontline staff, facilitators and volunteers and our young people are required to maintain these fundamentals principles.
Walk into any one of MAG's programmes and you will see these core values being demonstrated every day. Every aspect of MAG's work, from the support we offer families, to the way we execute our vision is underpinned by these FIVE guiding core values:
1) Synergy We are outstanding team players, committed to ‘One Vision’ that we are all responsible for. Working in a team is essential, together we are one. The sum of the whole is greater than the parts.
2) Integrity (responsible for your word and truth) The process of being whole and complete in: principles actions, words, decisions, methods, outcomes and character. We bring the same with us wherever we are, regardless of the circumstance we don’t leave parts of ourselves behind. We don’t have a ‘work us,’ a ‘family us,’ and a ‘social us.’ We honour our word and stand by it every single day.
3) Transformation Change may not last forever as it keeps evolving or devolving, whereas transformation is a dimensional shift, and once we are transformed there is no question of going back.
4) Inspiration To move, touch and excite the mind, emotions or spirit to a high level of feeling conveyed through action. Move or stimulate the intellect or emotions to a degree that prompts action, invention and creation.
5) Introspection The act of self-reflecting, by way of looking inward, to identify challenges and create solutions. An examination of one's own thoughts, emotions and feelings by observing one's own inner state is the principle we live by (Anything I see wrong with you, I will go and fix it myself until the world becomes beautiful).
These core values articulate and define “who we are” as an organisation. Together, these values underpin MAG's culture. They are our belief system and define our ‘way of being.
Who Do We Target?
We work with all young people. We target young people who need support and guidance, regardless of your background. Please contact us for our school's leaflet.
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This is My Life: Boys To Men shines a light on the very real issues facing teenage boys in London, as they learn how to navigate through the challenging transition from boyhood to manhood.
BBC News feature
London Live / Sky 117 (18.6.2017)
London Live interview about our work in the community.
The Voice Newspaper
Boys are born, men are made.
The Guardian Newspaper
Cycle 2 - FIRE
Modules Include: Identifying feelings, conflict resolution, anger management, passion and pain, raw truth, movement, sound, trauma, and fire.
This module ensures that our youth are aware of the difference between passion and anger and encouraging them to channel this amazing force in the right direction
"Sky Above Me. Earth below me. FIRE WITHIN ME"
Cycle 5 - THE CAVE
Cultural Exchange. Manhood Academy Global provides challenging cultural learning experiences for young people, enhancing their social and personal development through our rites of passage in Africa.
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Boys are Born Men are Made
8-12 Year Old Programme
The Gift of Manhood Teenage Programme
Urban Rites of Passage for Schools
Schools, Colleges Youth Centres etc