Raising Young Men in Today's World

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I’m attending this seminar tonight with Frankie. Should be very insightful!

Joe Ehrmann, who learned all about what it takes to be a champion on the field and off
during his career with the Baltimore Colts (NFL), is bringing his inspirational message
to our community. He redefines masculinity, good role modeling, and what it means
to be a man. You will walk away impassioned and ready to make a difference in
your families, teams and communities.


I didn’t really know what to expect from this presentation. Even so, what I got was very different from what I imagined. Picture this hulk of a former defensive lineman, with ginormous hands, all of a sudden talking about loving other men and how he requires his high school football players to routinely express their love and respect for each other! His message is really quite remarkable.

Below are soundbites that I captured in my twitter stream during the presentation.

  • Listening to inspirational talk by Joe Ehrmann on Building Men and Women for Others. from txt
  • Why are 2/3s of top students (e.g., Honor Society) girls? from txt
  • Crisis of masculinity. What defines manhood? What does it mean to be a man? from txt
  • "Be a Man" creates a disassociation with feelings and constructive relationships. Focuses on power, strength and dominance of others. MAN BOX  from txt
  • A boy will break every moral rule to get back in the Man Box from txt
  • Be a Man viscious cycle: Socialization - Social Mandates - Alexithymia - Masc. Depression - Isolation - Substance Abuse - Violence from txt
  • Many men walking around with low grade fever of Anger and Resentment. US is 4pct of world population, but 25pct of incarceration from txt
  • Other rules every boy is taught: Being a Man is associated with sexual conquest and financial success from txt
  • One of first rules every boy is taught: Being a Man is associated with athletic ability from txt
  • Most social ills in US can be linked to these misguided rules/defs on Manhood from txt
  • NEW definition of Being a Man: It’s all about relationships. What kind of son/brother/husband/father/friend was I? from txt
  • Who did you help? Whom did you allow to help you? from txt
  • Every boy is embedded in multiple systems: family, neighborhood, school, sports team, and other communities. from txt
  • Second key attribute for being a Man/woman: to live, to love, to have a cause bigger than you and to leave the world a better place than you found it.   from txt
  • Being a man means demanding justice and standing on your character strengths to make a difference from txt
  • Sports is the secular religion of our society. The coach(es) is the high priest. from txt
  • Adult men today still remember vividly key words from their coaches decades ago, and all the feelings attached with that moment from txt
  • Coaching begins with WHY. Why do you coach? once you have why, then you figure out how. from txt
  • Ehrmann coaches to build boys into men who relate to others and pursue greater causes to make a difference from txt
  • Most abuse of women happens in the home from txt
  • Google: 100 greatest speaches. — All those speaches are about relationships/connections and greater causes from txt
  • Ehrmann’s fav speach by a man who wrote book KNIGHT — about liberation from Nazi concentration camp from txt
  • Opposite of life is not death. It’s apathy and indifference. from txt
  • We (esp. Men) suffer empathy deficit disorder from txt
  • Despite teaching good/bad touch and stranger danger, majority of child abuse comes from someone they know, where good/bad touch is hard to tell from txt
  • Avg age of homeless person in Baltimore is 9 years old from txt
  • Learn more about Joe Ehrmann’s cause at http://www.buildingmenandwomen.org from web