Boys to Men

Mar 19, 2014    

Michael Colling, author and CEO of The BETTERMAN Foundation, recently addressed a packed house of educators, counselors, parents, carers and teen boys at the Narellan library.

The purpose of the seminar was to demonstrate how to empower young men across Macarthur, regardless of circumstance, to make positive life choices to build happy and healthy futures.

Michael was compelling in revealing the shocking statistics and challenges facing young men today.

Topics included:

Identity – what does it mean to ‘be a man’
Risk taking
Peer pressure and mateship
Respect of women, each other and themselves
Mental first aid – supporting mates, asking for help and where to find it

The seminar was informative, funny and at times very hard hitting with some excellent video footage of young men making some bad choices and living with the consequences.

Feedback from the seminar was outstanding. One dad said ‘It’s tough being a dad. I thought the seminar was great. The videos were powerful and both my son and I got a lot out of it.’ His son commented ‘I hope dad learnt something. It’s tough sometimes for my generation and there’s lots of peer pressure. I hope dad is more accepting.’

To learn more about The BETTERMAN Foundation or to take The BETTERMAN Pledge go to

The seminar was possible thanks to Camden Council, MWLP Linking Youth, Partnership Brokers and

Details: The Partnership Broker Team at MWLP Linking Youth Ph 4625 1863 or email