Walking the Talk “The Road to Manhood and Womanhood” is a dynamic
values development workshop that focuses on improving behavior by
elevating the fundamental values that anchor the proper development
of males and females in manhood, womanhood and good citizenship.
The workshop educates and empowers males and females in different
age ranges, at different stages of development, on the road to
manhood and womanhood.
The basic training is 8 hours and is presented in 16 modules. Each
module is a key factor that must be addressed in order to keep the
variables pertinent in the values development process in their correct
context. During the workshop, issues are addressed that are
fundamental to all males and females including anger, violence and
methods for effectively managing them.
The Innovative use of symbols familiar to males and females beyond a
fourth grade level, draws clear parallels from the role actions play in
ongoing personal development. Charts and graphs enable each
participant to chart their current stage of development in comparison to
the 16 Tenets. The importance of developing and maintaining strong
ties within the nuclear and extended family is stressed.
The concepts of individual “right” and “responsibility” are appropriately
placed in context within the nuclear family, the extended family and the
community. The workshop validates the importance of acquiring
knowledge, and developing the ability to see things as they change
form. The value of reading, thinking, planning and studying are also
The concept of, “The spirituality of manhood and womanhood” is
presented as the cornerstone for continuous development in manhood
and womanhood. Once the spiritual basis is established, participants are
introduced to the 16 areas that qualify the level and caliber of manhood
and womanhood. Collectively, these core issues and values called,
“Tenets,” clearly represent the quality of manhood and womanhood
when measured against factors like trustworthiness, consistency and
reliability. Other issues addressed during the workshop include:
attitudes; the ego; loyalty; honesty; expressiveness; respect;
obedience; kindness; patience; friendship; brotherhood and sisterhood.
The training experience is enhanced by the development and use of
“The Universal Manhood/Womanhood Model.” The Universal
Manhood/Womanhood Model is a unique creation of Walking the Talk.
The model facilitates a holistic analysis of the values development
process and the cause and effect relationships that manifest themselves
in behavior. The model is used to synthesize the ideas and concepts
presented throughout the workshop and to graphically demonstrate
various points, ideas and concepts. The synergistic combination of the
16 modules/issues, the Universal Manhood/Womanhood Model and the
demonstration pieces facilitates clearer, broader understanding of the
inner workings of the values development process and the unique,
intimate, specific, journey of each male and female to manhood and
The workshop is presented in a fast paced, participatory format with
experiential exercises, discussions and practical demonstrations.
Workshop participants must participate in all aspects of workshop.
Tools and techniques are introduced in the workshop that facilitates
continuous improvements in behavior. The workshop provides each
participant with a unique, empowering experience, that clarifies, expands
and reinforces development in the fundamental values that anchor the
proper development of manhood, womanhood and good citizenship.
The workshop is an effective vehicle for teaching values/behavior to the
full range of the population regardless of race, color, ethnicity or
national origin. We have textbooks and workbooks to help facilitate the
development process beyond the initial workshop experience.
Making a difference by being the difference
Our values anchor what we do and how we do what we do. The most
observable part of our values can be seen in our behavior. In order to
change behavior we must change the values that anchor the behavior.
This is true when dealing with children or adults. Therefore, the process
by which we teach/facilitate changes in behavior are much the same, but
not exactly the same for adults and children. We were cognizant of the
differences as we developed The Universal Manhood/Womanhood Model
and the workshops. We remain cognizant of those differences as we
continue to develop new materials and methods of teaching.
The process of values development requires some new information or
new knowledge. Since all people operate from values, we target the
process of values development, then we focus on the presentation of the
information or new knowledge to the appropriate age level, or
comprehension level of the intended audience.
In our experience, the appropriate age for the formal presentation of
these material in-group settings, without the presence of a parent or
guardian is 10 years old. The appropriate age for the formal presentation
of these material in-group settings with the presence of a parent,
guardian or counselor is 8 years old.
We target males and females 8 years old through adults of every age.
The earlier age at which this new knowledge is introduced into the
values/behavior development process and practiced, the greater the
possible effect on the level and caliber of the values and behavior of the
Training presentations targeting youth under 19 years old require the
presence of a parent, guardian, caregiver/provider or counselor.
The presentation of the tools, techniques and Universal
Manhood/Womanhood model can be augmented or modified to facilitate
specific presentations targeting empowerment, prevention, intervention
or rehabilitation. The model can be used to anchor behavior
modification processes ranging from substance abuse, gangs, violence,
criminal behavior, low self-esteem and the full range of dysfunctional
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Upcoming training Saturday December 1, 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm
Walking the Talk the Road to Manhood and Womanhood
Location: A Child's Success Place
5180 Middleground Road Louisville, GA 30434
Contact Person: Mrs. Carloyn Swint (478) 625-1499