The total programme comprises of 28 sessions (up to three hours each), held over a 6 to 9 month  period. The programme also includes a three-day residential camp. The various modules are  summerised below.

A) In the heart of a man (a minimum of four sessions):

This introductory course firstly aims to establish group norms such as trust and confidence in a group setting. Secondly, facilitator-developed themes are explored, such as interpreting and relating to the world around us, interpersonal relationships, family life and parenting. The group themes also include reflecting on self-concept, self-image, self-expectations, behaviour, reputation, pressures and the responsibilities of men.

B) Reclaiming manhood (a minimum of 10 sessions):

Exploring what it means to be a man, and rebuilding a positive image of manhood. The group sessions focus on:

Making peace with your father              – identifying the role your father played.

Establishing good male friends              – identifying the importance of male friends.

Women as equal partners                      – examining your relationships with women.

Facing up to addiction                             – acknowledging the damage done.

A fit and healthy lifestyle                       – taking care of yourself and issues of body image.

Exploring sex and sexuality                    – the sacredness of sex and intimacy.

Becoming a parent                                 – identifying the critical role you play as a parent.

Being a father                                         – clarifying roles fathers have to play.

Earning a living                                       – the world of work and your relationship with money.

Developing your talents                          – enhancing your insights into your potential.

Your place in society as a man               – developing and using that potential.

Developing a passion for life and contributing to a better world.

C) Wild @ Heart (two sessions plus a minimum of three full days):

This is an intensive course that takes place in an outdoor rural setting. It includes one preparatory session before departure, as well a debrief session upon return. During the course, the participants each have an opportunity to tell their life story, to identify what is holding them back, to let go of past hurts, and to be able to move forward with an increased sense of hope and confidence.

D) Taking a Lead in Life (a minimum of four sessions):

This course is designed to develop leadership skills, starting from the perspective that the first person you will ever lead is yourself. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership:

Communication: exploring the importance of listening and speaking as a skill.

Responsibility: surrendering the apportioning of blame to others and taking ownership of your decisions.

Commitment: the importance of giving and keeping your word.

Support: allowing others to support you and supporting others in various ways in an honest and congruent manner.

E) Leadership in Action (a minimum of four sessions):

Participants are encouraged to identify a project that will make a significant difference in their lives or in the lives of others. Participants are then assisted in the design of an action-plan in order to implement their personal project. They are given individual coaching and support. Progress is monitored weekly. The participants can then initiate a personal, family or communirty project.

F) Mentoring (a minimum of four sessions).

Key aspects of this course are:

The concept and purpose of mentoring.

The specific role and responsibility of a mentor.

The mentoring contract – do’s and don’ts.

Being accepted as mentors following completion of intensive training.

Mentoring Ceremony – a public ceremony for graduates.

Ongoing support

Hearts of Men takes the view that training does not end on graduation. Graduated mentors are given ongoing support and training while operating as mentors. Graduated mentors remain in a weekly ongoing mentoring relationship with a group of mentees, they will simultaneously engage in ongoing training. Additional training modules are added when necessary. Such modules could include issues such as drug addiction and HIV and Aids, for example. Graduate mentor support sessions are conducted on a regular basis.

When a mentor continues to serve in the second year and beyond, further training opportunities are provided either through workshops or partner organizations like Community Chest, Parent Centre, Community Development Resource Association. Our experience is also that mentors often enrol at tertiary institutions to further their careers.

Fatherhood Mentoring Programme

The above modules refer to our manhood Mentoring Programme and Fatherhood Programme.

For example: We use our “In the heart of a man” module and adapted it to become “In the heart of a father” module


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