After so long of being in lockdown and missing human contact, under the right measures ACT for SOCIETY Center organized the first Be a Man Club meetings in June!
This was really the change that was missing form making us feel normal again. We all held ourselves back not to hug each-other, but nevertheless it was just like in old times. They would all meet in the Zoom meetings, but now it was for real!
The youngsters are being organized in smaller groups of five participants per meeting, mixing up the groups in order for everyone to meet everyone. The sessions are calmer since the groups are smaller. They have been talking about the possible activities they would like to do during the summer, sharing about their adaptation to the world post lock down and the plans they have for summer with their friends and families, as well as their anticipation regarding the Be a Man Summer Camp!
One of the highlights of these meetings was the coffee break – they started preparing it together and suggested to post a picture with the cookies, which we did! The interesting thing about this moment, which I believe has been overlooked since it is a routine process for each meeting: organizing the coffee break and then cleaning up after them as a group is a bonding process that they had missed during these months; so much they asked to emphasize it in the Facebook post.
In the end of the day, Be a Man Club is made of the little moments of joy these young boys and girls experience with each other, the little bonding moments that go unnoticed until they are absent; and sometimes these little moments are created by chocolate-chip cookies!
The activity is implemented by partner organization within the framework of the Young Men Initiative II – The Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and prevention of Youth Extremism and Violence in the Balkans project, supported by CARE International Balkans, Austrian Development Cooperation and Oak Foundation.