It is our desire to see the students at Future Men learn to follow instructions, develop an eye for detail, and show initiative in their work. These qualities will help them later in life to acquire and keep a job.
Being physically productive and having the ability to complete a task gives a young man genuine self-esteem, as opposed to the hollow false praise that our society has been programmed to give. In many cases, actively contributing to society will help these young men “turn the corner” and once again have hope.
All of the work completed by a student, whether through apprenticeship or service project, is incorporated into an elective credit. The students come to understand that the work ethic they develop here contributes to who they are and what they are becoming.
Twice a week, each student works hand-in-hand with an area business as an apprentice, learning a trade skill. The tradesmen who partner with us at the various apprenticeships share our goals and desires. We offer a wide range of apprenticeships. Some current options include: electrical work, plumbing, real estate sales, firefighting, animal health technician, glass installation, auto painting, landscaping, airport security and service, computer programming, welding, and construction.
Twice daily, the students complete general chores. This work is designed to instill appreciation and a sense of ownership in our campus. Having the students work through a series of chores (washing dishes, folding laundry, checking vehicle oil, weeding, animal husbandry, etc.) helps them understand what is required to maintain a home, vehicles, and property.
Students who do not yet have an apprenticeship serve in community service projects. These students work with our staff directors in preparation for their upcoming apprenticeships. The basic habits of working at a steady pace, not asking to take breaks, learning to “see” work that needs to be done, following instructions, and using/putting away the proper tools, are taught and developed in this stage. All of these traits are part of a good work ethic which we believe is critical for young men in today’s society.