The New Testament Assembly in Tooting, south London, has launched a boys’ empowerment programme called DMD (De Man Dem).
DMD is targeted at boys aged between 7 and 17 years; will run over a period 12 weeks, and provide opportunities for those on the programme to learn important life skills.
Tasks that those on the programme will be asked to undertake include: contacting a car showroom to test drive a car, and booking an appointment with an elderly man to discover what life was like for him when he was young. The project will also incorporate a competitive element, to further encourage those who undergo the project to strive for success. Mentors will be assigned to work alongside the boys on the DMD programme, to help them fulfil their tasks.
Pastor Freddie Brown, one of the leaders at Tooting NTA, is the brainchild behind this initiative. He shared, “I set up De Man Dem because I wanted to do something practical, and be part of the solution for some of the issues surrounding our boys. The idea is to teach our young boys life skills – not just to engage them in a few activities to keep them out of trouble, but to give them some life skills that will help them become successful, compassionate men throughout their lives.”
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