This podcast explores the people, philosophy, method and mission of The Man Cave. Since 2014, The Man Cave has provided preventative mental health and emotional intelligence workshops for teenage boys. They've worked with over 20,000 young men across Australia, with 95% saying they would recommend to other young men.Each episode shares an authentic conversation with some of the people behind the organisation from mentors, donors, staff and facilitators. We share their stories, motivations, challenges and triumphs and gain an interesting insight into
Series 2 - Ep3 The Art of Facilitation - David Verdugo, Facilitation Squad Trainer
David Verdugo is a Senior Facilitator and the Facilitation Squad Trainer at The Man Cave. He has a wealth of experience delivering life changing workshops to young people and he shares those skills and experience through training our world class facilitators growth and development. Through this conversation we explore some of the nuanced and sometimes subtle techniques required in the art of facilitation.
Bonus Episode - CEW Summit Series: Women, Men & the Whole Damn Thing
The following recording was taken from the Chief Executive Women’s Summit Session: WOMEN, MEN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING with CEW President Sam Mostyn AO, Author and Journalist, David Leser, and our very own Founder and CEO of The Man Cave & STUFF, Hunter Johnson. In this session they share honest reflections and personal perspectives on why we need men to work flexibly and the push to make it happen now and in the future. Special thanks to CEW and David Leser for allowing us to share this important conversation. Find out more about CEW at https://cew.org.au/
Series 2 - Ep2 Meeting the boys where they are at - Josh & Jarrah MCTV
Josh and Jarrah are two of our senior facilitators and have collectively worked with a few thousand teenage boys over the past few years. Both come from a background in drama and acting which are useful skills to draw upon in their current project Man Cave TV(MCTV)! MCTV is an online platform designed to meet boys where they are at...online! Creating playful and cheeky content provides an avenue to explore the real stuff as well. In this conversation we talk about the importance of friendship and also how they balance the fun playful aspect of the content they create with the 'real talk'. To find out more about MCTV: Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwvF_XIEx6rGaibc63mrAuQ/featured |Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mctv.au/?hl=en | Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/mctvplay | Tiktok - https://firstname.lastname@example.org?lang=en
Series 2 - Ep1 The Power of Storytelling - Al Green, Head of Community
Coming from a strong background in drama, Al values and focuses heavily on creative, experiential training to explore and understand the human condition. He honed his skills through 7 years at The Reach Foundation as a Facilitator, Trainer and Culture Leader, working with over 40,000 young people across Australia and creating and delivering hundreds of workshops. His experience also spans keynote presentations, MC’ing and facilitating workshops from graduate programs to CEOs in the corporate space exploring authentic leadership and positive organisational culture. In today's episode we explore the power of storytelling and how Al approaches his role of creating and maintaining organisational culture.
Series 1 - Ep4 - Building Relationships & Motherhood - Katie McLeod, Relationships Manager
Katie has an extensive background in retail and the realities of delivering outcomes that genuinely meet customer needs. More recently Katie has applied those skills to the not-for-profit sector through her stakeholder engagement role at ShareGift Australia where she built strategic relationships with top ASX-listed companies and a number of major charities. Katie is a mother of two teenage boys. Originating from a family of all girls, Katie experiences every day of motherhood as a revelation. As a parent, Katie has direct experience helping her boys navigate the complexities of high school and adolescence. In this episode we explore the role of building relationships with schools and get some insights as to what’s happening out there for teenage boys and why schools are coming to The Man Cave. We also get the opportunity to explore Katie’s journey as a mother of her two boys.
Series 1 - Ep3 - Under the Hood - Daniel Datnow-Jamieson, Operations Manager
Daniel is an energetic creative who loves to solve a good problem with a smile. He has a background directing brands in the music industry, covering communications, creative direction, design, operations and event management. When he’s not in the office, you can find him at home in the studio recharging his batteries and working on his next gig. Daniel feels a strong calling to the work of The Man Cave, openly acknowledging the positive impact such a program would have had on his own time at school. When The Man Cave put out the call for a Communications Manager in May 2019, Daniel saw the perfect opportunity to give back to others by combining his interests and experience for this value-driven cause. During his tenure as Communications Manager, Daniel discovered a passion for designing and creating data-driven systems that enhance the everyday functioning of our organisation. As of January 2020, Daniel shifted his focus to Operations, where he is responsible for developing the backend systems that facilitate our growth as we expand our work and impact more young men in Australia. In this episode we explore a little behind the scenes at The Man Cave and also his recent step into facilitation.
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