What young men are telling us about their friendships

At The Man Cave, we run transformational masculinity programs for hundreds of young men every week and we see inside their unfiltered internal worlds in each and every program.

What we believe

For the most part, young men (aged 12-16 years) feel misunderstood and confused about the world they’ve inherited and how to be a healthy man in the 21st century.

All around them, they are witnessing discussions happen about them but they are rarely being invited into those conversations.

It’s no wonder they can become disengaged, unmotivated and feel a lack of purpose. 

But there is another way. 

We know from working with over 20,000 young men, when they are given the language, permission, space, and role modelling to engage with each other in a safe environment, they open up and begin to express themselves and their authentic worldview. 

That when young men feel safe and aren’t viewed as a ‘problem to be solved’, they actively engage with us and with each other in positive and transformative ways. 

This Webinar

In this webinar, we will host an open discussion based on the insights from our second quarterly report. The report presents what we’ve learned from working with 3,700 young men face-to-face this year so far.

Specifically, this edition focuses on boys’ relationships with each other. We wanted to understand how masculinity impacts how boys relate to each other and whether they are willing to support their mates or seek support. So, we asked them and this report shares what they said.

This is the second edition of our quarterly series with a new guest contributor Dr Katie Wood, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist at Swinburne University.

Join us as we seek to amplify the voice of young men and bridge the disconnect between their experience and the world around them.

The Webinar Team

  • Hosted by Matt Defina (Head of Programs & Impact, Registered Organisational Psychologist)

  • Guest: Dr Katie Wood, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist at Swinburne University

  • Katie Mcleod (Relationships Manager)

  • We will also be joined by a senior facilitator who has been in programs with boys each week.



December 01, 2021 at 4:00pm - 5pm


Sydney, NSW 2000
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