(High HAWK Federation)
(High Achievement Wisdom and Knowledge)
Purpose of the Program
The HAWK Federation Perfected Black Manhood Development and Training Program is a universal prevention-intervention programme that addresses simultaneously the problems of drugs, gang violence, academic failure, low aspirations, and poor self-esteem.
The sole and singular mission of the HAWK Federation is to overtly and intentionally develop competent, confident and conscious African-American men. Through a process of intentionally introducing to these young men the qualities, attributes, attitudes and responsibilities of African & African-American men of excellence, the HAWK Federation stimulates in their character the desire to become high achievers and the best at whatever they do.
Development of Manhood
The overall developmental strategy is to systematically expose young Black men to thinking (literature, folktales, fables, proverbs, etc.) feeling (introspection, values clarification, etc.) and doing (kinesthetic, rituals, drama, etc.) exercises designed to reinforce and inculcate the message and meaning of each manhood rite and responsibility.
In producing Black men of excellence the HAWK Federation aims at developing in each young man:
o Competence - something which they do exceptionally well
o Confidence - a belief that whatever the task, they can be successful at it
o Consciousness - an awareness of the historical greatness of African & African-American men and their personal responsibility to the future continuation of that greatness.
The motivational factor imbedded in the HAWK Federation
Perfected Black Manhood Training and Development is found in the Ancient African principles of Human Perfectibility; The Cardinal Virtues of MAAT; The ten principles of Initiatory Mastery; and the two African-American cultural themes. These serve as the ethos or set of guiding principles that govern the conduct of the young men in the program.
Institutions wishing to establish a HAWK project can do so by contacting:
The Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture
Attn: Director of Education and Training
1012 Linden St.
Oakland, Ca 94607
Phone: (510) 836-3245
Fax; (510) 836-3248