The Building Bridges Program – August 22
The Building Bridges Program
The Building Bridges Program Is fun and meaningful experience that supports the changing nature of the father-son and father-daughter relationship during the teenage years. The course is for fathers and teenagers (aged 12-16yrs) that runs over either 6 weeks (one evening per week) or a weekend.
“We’ve all heard the advice, but this is a completely different way of doing things. It’s like night and day… My relationship with my son has completely changed! I pay over $20,000 a year for his education…and this is worth 10 times that!
THANK YOU!” – Bill Gamack, 52
This program is for ALL BOYS & GIRLS whether in a good relationship with their father, or facing some of the challenges that arise at this time.
- There are 8-12 pairs in each program
- Boys or Girls without fathers are very welcome with supporting older males (uncle/ family friend/teacher/coach)
- For the 6 week course, the first 2 sessions are men-only
- For weekend courses the fathers attend a men-only session on a Friday evening
- Each Building Bridges program is supported by two trained facilitators
“The Building Bridges Course was absolutely sensational. We learnt a lot out of it with plenty of insight and reflection, understanding my son and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. It’s been terrific.” ~ Vasco 43
This program is a fun and enjoyable honouring of the father-teen relationship, with emphasis on the young people. Participants are guided on a journey that deepens the relationship and supports them to make the vital changes required at this important developmental stage in the young person’s life. Men and teens engage in a fun and rewarding adventure that includes games, storytelling & healthy camaraderie. Communication, understanding others and navigating difficult situations are just some of the valuable outcomes.
“I had a wonderful time doing the program with the other participants. My son and I got to know each other on a much deeper level, which was amazing as a father, and I’m very grateful for that.” – Dallas C, 40 something
From this program, Dads learn just how important it is to look at their own change and how much their teenager’s growth into a healthy man or woman depends on their ongoing development as a father and a man. This weekend supports dads
“This weekend has been really good – I didn’t expect it to be as good as this. It has broadened my view on life and given me a new perspective… it’s been great thanks!” – Conor, 13
With a wide variety of activities, Building Bridges opens up doors to the necessary conversations at this important time. It is a rare opportunity for all young people to be acknowledged for their unique qualities, by their father and other men. Young people leave feeling connected to their dad, other men and to the spirit within them. It gives them self-confidence and hope for the future…. and what being a man can be for them.
“It’s about building connections, connections with my dad and with others. It’s a place to really be yourself, it’s really worthwhile.” – Fletcher, 16
Many dads arrive feeling like they are too busy and lack the skills to have much influence on their teenagers as they grow into a young adult. They leave feeling proud and confident of their role on the road ahead, walking with him/her along the path, rather than telling him/her what to do.
Building Bridges Fathers and Teens
The father-child relationship is often strained during the teenage years. Some issues that may be occurring include:
- Disconnection and passivity
- Poor communication and rejection of others opinions
- Disagreements, conflict and hostility
- Bad habits and influences
- The busyness of life causing problematic relationships
What’s required is overcoming these relationship problems together, and improving capacity to;
- Engage with the social and academic demands at school
- Operate powerfully & make wise choices in challenging situations
- Understand their own unique gifts and challenges
- Contribute to healthy family relationships
- Speak honestly and listen clearly
- Enjoy life, especially the struggles
- Take personal and social responsibility
This program enables:
- Deeper Understanding & Communication between Father and Teens
- Acceptance of Differences
- Ability to Handle Challenging Situations at Home and with Life in General
- Young People learning the Freedom & Responsibility Equation
Building Bridges is fun, engaging and helps to bring down barriers and build a positive atmosphere. The young people get to hear ‘real’ stories of the men, and this broadens their own view of what adult masculinity is, and what it can mean for them in their lives and future relationships. This creates a palpable depth and connection within the group and assists participants to speak honestly and listen with empathy.
Men and young people learn communication techniques including listening skills, strategies to handle tough situations, and courage to step out of their comfort zone and talk about issues that can be challenging.
Building Bridges is delivered within existing communities (at a school) or as a public Weekend program.
Upfront in Full per Father & Son pair OR Payment Plan Option over 3 months.
Full Price $500
Commit 30 days out for $450
Commit 60 days out for $400
Commit 90 days out for $350
Commit 180 days out for $300
$550 (Price includes GST) Upfront in Full per Father & Teenager pair – Melbourne & Sydney
2021- 2022 Brisbane Dates: Aug. 19-21, 2022; Nov. 11-13, 2022
Melbourne & Sydney – Seeking Expressions of Interest!! At this stage, we would like you to place your name and provide contact details if you are interested and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.