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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Joshua Project a religious organization?

The Joshua Project is not affiliated with any particular religion, and does not promote any particular religious creed. As its mission statement says however it does “encourage spiritual practices that inform a man’s authentic nature” and attempts to be inclusive to each participant's path to enlightenment.

Is the Joshua Project designed for at-risk young men?

The Joshua Project is designed as a rites-of-passage program, recognizing the passage from boyhood to manhood, and includes an educational curriculum focusing on mature masculinity. It is not designed as a therapeutic intervention. However, the approximate 2:1 ratio of men to boys participants enables the container to assist young men from many backgrounds to enjoy the benefits of the program.

Does the Joshua Project serve LGBTQ+ youth (and adults)?

Since the curriculum of the program is designed around the mature masculine, it is particularly relevant to individuals who identify with male gender and wish to mature in that identification, inclusive of gay, bi-sexual, and transexual males.

What ages does the Joshua Project serve?

Currently, the Joshua Project requires participants to be at least 13 years of age, and to have parental consent. Young men in their early 20s who enter the program are able to decide their own participation level, as initiates or as a part of the adult container.

Is the Joshua Project a therapeutic program?

No. The organization is designed to provide a male adult community to welcome and guide young men into a responsible sense of adulthood, but not as a therapeutic intervention for particular issues.

Is the Joshua Project a mentoring program?

Because the participant ratio is approximately 2:1 men to boys, the “container” for the youth is varied and diverse. The community itself serves as a kind of mentor. Events serve then to introduce youth to men they possibly may admire and seek guidance. But the design of the program is not mentorship but as the vision statement says “providing a vehicle to encourage adult-youth mentoring relationships. Ultimately effective mentors are identified and “chosen” by the mentees, not the other way around.

How is the Joshua Project supported financially?

The organization exists as non-profit (501-3(c)) and is run almost entirely by volunteers, and programmatic costs are kept to a minimum. Fees from participants, as well as generous donations from caring individuals and other organizations allow us to provide camp facilities, food, and necessary equipment for the program events.

Is scholarship money available for events?

A separate fund has been established from generous donations to enable participants, young and old, to attend events when they might not otherwise. Inquiry into this fund needs to be made at the time of registration, so that either a full or partial scholarship might be utilized.

Is the Joshua Project a Father-Son program?

Since this is a coming-of-age program, many fathers wish to participate alongside their sons, and are readily welcomed. But often enough, sons do not have a father available or willing to engage in a program that promotes a deeper intimacy between them. Each young man must have an adult “sponsor” attend each event with him, but the sponsor can be a relative or family friend, or in some cases be introduced beforehand to a current participant of the JP community.

If the Joshua Project is designed for boys, why do more men than boys attend?

The program is designed to have at most events approximately a 2:1 ratio of men to boys. This is intentional so that the boys might experience the power of a “male container” and have a variety of adult men with which to identify. A youth best experiences being welcomed into a community when that community is both vital and strong. The teachings are more effective and influential, and the “blessings” of the community more deeply felt.

Does the Joshua Project require a commitment to attend all events for the year?

Attendance is decided by the participants on an event-by-event basis, so no commitment is required. We have found however that participants most often decide to make sure that they are able to attend events in each of the four seasons, since the curriculum is designed to address a unique aspect of the mature masculine based on the season (Magician - Fall, King - Winter, Lover - Spring, Warrior - Summer.) Participation in the week-long summer program does have the prerequisite of attendance in at least one other seasonal event. The recommended ideal attendance is for a participant to begin in the Fall, then Winter, then Spring, and finally Summer. But if a weekend seasonal event is missed, usually the youth attends that missed part of the curriculum the next year.


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