Guys Alive

Guys Alive is a preventative program for grade seven boys.

There is a growing awareness that boys need help in safely making the transition from adolescence to manhood. In light of this awareness we’ve created a program in order to help boys develop the skills and character to successfully make this transition. The main objective of Guys Alive is to provide a safe place where grade 7 boys can make good friends and benefit from the influence of positive male role models. In this safe environment it is hoped that the members of the group will begin to talk about issues concerning their lives and develop skills that will help them become well-rounded young men.

About the program:

Guys Alive is facilitated by trained university practicum students and AYC staff who work under the supervision of the Practicum Coordinator and the Supervisor of Recreation. Physically active and interactive games are played to illustrate issues being discussed and encourage group involvement. The games are also structured to be fun and engaging in order to draw the boys into the learning process.

Participant’s experiences are listened to and validated. Discussion, role play, and group brainstorming are used to work through the issues and help each boy develop a positive sense of self.

Topics covered may include:

  • Peer Pressure
  • Bullying
  • Online Safety
  • Hygeine
  • Body Image
  • Role Models
  • Friendships
  • Healthy Lifestyle & Fitness

Format of sessions:

Grade 7 boys are given a short presentation about the program and then given an opportunity to join. Parental/guardian permission is required. A maximum of fifteen boys can participate in a group. Each session takes place over the lunch hour and the first 10 – 15 minutes of each session will be kept open for the boys to eat their lunch. The first couple of sessions are set up to allow the boys to get to know each other and the facilitators before they move into talking about specific topics. Each topic is addressed in a way that will keep the boys interested and encourage them to participate. The groups are offered during lunch hour over ten weeks, in either a fall or winter session.

How to Join

Guys Alive is being held at the following schools this fall:

  • Chief Dan
  • Reimer
  • Clayburn
  • Abby Middle
  • Howe

Download the permission form.

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia