was an honor to spend this last weekend listening, learning,
watching, and helping the young men. As important, was
the great masculine relationships that came from this
event. I was very honored to be a part of this event,
and would like to thank every man and young man."
"I wanted to personally thank everyone that is involved in YMUW. I had a blast witht he men in the wild. It was spiritually enlightening for me, and I will be back."
Shan Howerton, Volunteer
"Being in a leardership role at YMUW, I learned how to work better with men and have fun at the same time. I had the responsibility of being a mentor to many young men. Volunteering for YMUW was a life changing experience for me and it increased my awareness about my need to contribute to the community that I live in."
Production Team Manager, YMUW (2000)
"I want to congratulate us all for such dedication, commitment and honesty to show up just as we are. The 'no problem' and 'no whining' attitude are feeding my own self today reaffirming how important and essential to a man's manhood these two things are, yet the depth of the feelings and stories shared remind me of how much a man's heart can feel. Sharing Yoga with the young men was a thrilling experience."
"Volunteering as a mentor (twice) and a cook (once) at YMUW have been some of my favorite experiences of my adulthood. By supporting the transformation of those young men, I was given the great gift of serving others' transformation. It is an awesome and joyful journey that I recommend to any man, and every man."
Co-founder of The Tribe of Men
Former Director of Men's Programs,
The Shift Network
"Being a mentor has been a very enriching experience, giving me a chance to practice leaving my ego behind in service to the young men. And watching the change in the young men over a weekend as they develop their confidence and leadership skills is always amazing. I also love being part of a supportive team of volunteers that can get pretty much anything done (from feeding 50 young men to building obstacle courses), and they know how to have fun!"
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welcomes new volunteers. We always place our volunteers
in the areas that they choose to focus their endeavors,
others, without ego gratification, for the purpose
of fulfilling our innate need to connect with others
in a meaningful way, is fundamental for the success
of any community. People universally report a rush
of good feeling, euphoria and a long-lasting sense
of emotional well-being when they volunteer. We have
been most fortunate to fulfill our Mission and it’s
objectives because of the dedication and outstanding
efforts of our volunteers.
have been joined in our mission by teachers, coaches,
youth counselors, therapists, parents, young men,
an advisory board of male experts, and people from
all walks of life who recognize that today's young
adults are tomorrow's leaders. Working together has
accelerated all of us in our emotional and spiritual
* Volunteering at The Weekend
* Public Relations
* Community Outreach
* Program Development
* Volunteer Coordination
* Site Procurement (Permanent home for YMUW events)
Mentor Foundation says that mentoring a child is "the
single most important action a caring
adult can take to ameliorate America's social ills".
Even in healthy families, it takes effective modeling from
adults other than the parents to ensure that children learn
how to live a fulfilling and productive life in their
In order to serve at the weekend as a full-time volunteer, or as a mentor, he must attend the Development and Trust (D&T) training day, a day-long orientation filled with education and ceremonies that show him the RIGHT Way® to be with young men. The volunteers and mentors receive information and instruction on how to become men of integrity, preparing to serve as role models of the YMUW values. They come away from the training ready to "run with the bulls" at the Weekend!
Volunteers are required to attend the all day Development & Trust meeting on July 13, 2013 for the Boulder Creek YMUW or on September 7, 2013 for the Napa YMUW. Please call Fred Vesey at 530-597-2783 or email him at email@example.com to answer your questions or give you more details about the positions we have to offer you. Get ready to break through to new levels of self respect and confidence!
Background checks are conducted on all of our Weekend mentors
to ensure that we bring a high level of
character to the Weekend. A 1-hour “Clearing Call”
is conducted with each volunteer to insure he is clear
about the commitments and benefits of volunteering at the
Weekend. To volunteer for this incredible and
rewarding experience as a mentor, please view the “Volunteer
Welcome Letter” below, complete the other
forms below as appropriate and send or deliver them to YMUW.
Welcome Letter - Detailed Information about volunteering
Medical Information Form - To be completed by all volunteers
for Weekend production staff.
Release and Authorization - To be completed by certain
volunteers for Weekend production
staff. See form for details.
Update Questionaire - Alternate form to be completed
by certain volunteers for Weekend
production staff. See form for details.
Benefits for Volunteers
The values held in high regard the Young Men's Ultimate Weekend (Respect, Intelligence, Gallantry, Humor and True) are continuously modeled by the mentors, thus they lead by example. Our mentors know that the young men will be watching them, observing their every word and action. Young men crave the feeling of acceptance by older males and when they observe our mentors having fun while remaining focused they naturally begin to emulate the behavior of the mentors.
In his book, "Male Menopause", author Jed Diamond, men's health expert and YMUW adviser, states, "One of the primary community roles that elder males must engage if they are to be successful, is to be mentors to young men. Without elder males committed to the well-being of young males, the society falls apart". Immediately after serving at a YMUW, our mentors describe their experience that can be summarized as a primal sense of excitement and accomplishment. They feel fulfilled that they have performed their biological obligation of passing their wisdom along to younger men.
Magically, after serving at a Weekend the mentors are more calm and more confident about who they are. They are inspired to go back to their families and communities to be the best men that they can be. Perhaps the most profound benefit is that the mentors are privileged to hear the young men pray about how they want to make a difference in the world. The mentors leave the Weekend trusting that the young men are ready to be heroes and take good care of the world.
More Testimonials from YMUW Volunteers
"Inspiring, insightful, joyous, touching, edgy, challenging, spirited, fun, beneficial beyond description for the young men, and through them, for us older men. I could go on, but rather urge to you who read this: get involved. If you have a heart, it will be moved such as you will find no other way."Donn Davy, YMUW Volunteer
"There are few opportunities for the men of our culture to come together and show the next generation that we are here to teach them, to support them, and to welcome them. At the same time, I think the volunteers, myself included, benefit as much from the experience the young men do. Regardless of the role that one fills in the weekend, the camaraderie is contagious." William Heaps, YMUW Volunteer
"I've been volunteering for the YMUW Product Staff for 10 years and I cannot imagine any more rewarding service for an adult male. One of reasons I've been coming back to YMUW year after year is that I am always amazed to be witness to the magic of watching a rowdy, sometimes very angry, group of young men start the Weekend and come out transformed into a loose, happy bunch two days later.
The real secret of this service is how much the adult volunteers get out of it. I cannot describe how satisfying it is for an older man and a younger man to be working and playing side by side, except to say that there is something inherently primal about the connection. I realize they need me but that I need them too!"
Brad Brown, YMUW Mentor, Fire Keeper