With so many challenges facing young people — and especially young boys — a different strategy and approach to inspiring and raising children is needed.We need to break the "Boy Code"
in which their unwholesome concepts of masculinity can lead to poor individual and group choices.
With that in mind, the National Center for Development of Boys will host renowned speaker Joe Ehrmann to speak on the difficulties faced by today’s youth and how teachers, coaches and mentors can help their students and players avoid the pitfalls in the way. His presentation — titled “Masculinity 2.0: Confronting Stereotypes of What it Means to be a Man” — is free and open to the public.
Mr. Ehrmann will share insights Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at Redemption Point Church in Highland Park
. The National Center for Development for Boys is an initiative that is devoted to developing and sharing best practices for raising boys and is associated with McCallie School. In conjunction with his remarks at Redemption Point, Mr. Ehrmann will conduct workshops with McCallie students, teachers and coaches during his visit to Chattanooga.
“Joe Ehrmann has a great message to share, and we’re happy to play a role in bringing his message to Chattanooga,” McCallie School Headmaster Lee Burns said. “He understands the challenges that boys face growing up today and has a message for how to reshape the way young people and adults can approach issues of masculinity and maturity.”
Mr. Ehrmann is a former first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts and an NFL Pro-Bowl selection in 1978. He played defensive tackle for the Colts and the Detroit Lions in his 10-year NFL career, and he played varsity football and lacrosse at Syracuse University.
Mr. Ehrmann has taken the lessons he learned as an athlete and as a high school football coach to develop a message promoting growth, teamwork, effectiveness and individual responsibility. His story and educational concepts are the subject of the New York Times Best-selling book “Season of Life” by Jeffrey Marx, and he share his message and insights with corporate, civic and community organizations throughout the world.
One of the points of focus for Mr. Ehrmann is addressing issues of masculinity and femininity in young people to address issues of bullying, sexual assault and proper emotional development and maturity. He challenges our culture to redefine and reframe the social responsibility of sports, coaches, parent and players, and he addresses issues of violence and child advocacy.
Through community organizations such as The Door and Building Men and Women for Others — both founded with his wife, Paula — Mr. Ehrmann has developed a message that resonates with parents, teachers, coaches and mentors.
Joe's approach to this vital work is grounded in the lessons and experiences of his own remarkable life and the profound impact he has had on others. He’s insights are featured in the acclaimed documentary “The Mask You Live In,”
and his 2013 talk at TEDxBaltimore
on what it means to “Be a Man” has drawn rave reviews from educators and coaches across the United States.