MKP USA and NWTA Gateway Trainings

The ManKind Project USA is committed to creating opportunities for all kinds of men. This statement was written to affirm our commitment to inclusivity through the development of alternative entry points for men. 

MKP USA’s Mission:

MKP USA creates a world where men act on their individual and shared responsibility for the future of humanity by initiating and supporting men on a path of emotional maturity, spiritual awareness and deepening community.

MKP USA’s Commitment to Inclusivity:

Inclusivity is a core value of the ManKind Project. Because of our commitment to multicultural awareness and celebration of difference, we support and encourage the creation and execution of Gateway NWTAs. Gateway NWTAs are a cauldron for multicultural exploration and evolution in the ManKind Project USA.

Why does the ManKind Project hold Gateway NWTAs?

MKP USA is committed to providing a powerful initiation experience for as many demographics of men as possible. We are increasingly committed to listening to, responding to, and inviting groups of men who have different backgrounds, experiences, and stated desires.

All New Warrior Training Adventures are portals into initiation. The New Warrior Training Adventure has evolved over time. “Gateway” New Warrior Training Adventures are one aspect of this evolution. What we have learned over the last 15 years is that there are particular demographics who do not come to the NWTA weekend because of perceived trust and safety concerns, issues of demographic relevance, physical accessibility, gender choices, economic disparities, and other significant cultural differences. Often, these concerns are associated with histories of discrimination, exclusion, isolation, and oppression.

For MKP USA, Inclusivity is connected to acceptance and celebration of difference. Inclusive does not mean homogenous. MKP USA is committed to creating a variety of entry points and opportunities for personal development for all kinds of men.

MKP USA creates male-only containers because we believe that for many, having a single gender space for doing deep healing work is powerful and meaningful. For some, this type of container provides a feeling of freedom, understanding, and safety that they may not experience in a mixed gender container. Our commitment to creating Gateway NWTAs follows a similar set of assumptions. For some, a container where they experience more men who are ‘like them’ in key ways creates additional possibility for trust, vulnerability, and taking risks. For others, a more demographically mixed container creates a different kind of growth opportunity. Gateway NWTAs provide options; all are free to choose.

The fundamental assumption is that MKP USA does not know what a man’s work is. MKP USA is committed is to creating different entry-points for more men to initiate on a path of emotional maturity, spiritual awareness, and deepening community.

How did Gateway NWTAs come into existence?

In 2003, the ManKind Project authorized the creation of Gateway NWTA weekends focused on targeted populations: men of color, gay men (now GBTQ), men with disabilities, and men whose native language is not English.

This definition has expanded over time. Gateway NWTAs are created for men in different demographics that may have specific shared cultural markers and personal growth or life-stage needs.

The first Gateway NWTA hosted by the ManKind Project was a Gay/Bi training in Tucson, Arizona. Since then, there have been over 3 dozen Gateways offered at locations across the USA for different populations (15+ GBTQ, 5 Deaf / Hard of Hearing, 5 Young Warrior, 6 Urban, 5+ Bilingual Eng/Esp). There have also been multiple bilingual Gateways offered in other regions around the world.

The ManKind Project International Council, in October of 2014, approved the creation of the Young Warrior Training Adventure, which represents an additional evolution in our creation of Gateway trainings. The YWTA will include significant changes to the NWTA protocols while maintaining the intention of a modern hero’s journey for men.

What makes a Gateway NWTA different?

On a Gateway NWTA, the majority of the staff men (+/- 90%) are members of the specific population served. Because of the make-up of the staff, participants entering the NWTA container experience men that are culturally ‘like them’ in specific ways. This creates a level of trust and safety which can remove a barrier to men stepping fully into the intended transformation of the weekend.

Cultural aspects unique to the men served are often incorporated into the weekend, while still maintaining the essential integrity of the NWTA and ‘flow’ of the processes. Participation in our Gateway NWTAs is always open to any man. Men who register for the NWTA are informed ahead of the event if it is a Gateway NWTA.

What is the impact of Gateway NWTAs?

  • Those who have attended Gateway NWTAs have shared that they would not have considered the NWTA without having a ‘Gateway’ available.
  • More men joining I-Groups and Men’s Groups.
  • More opportunity for cross-cultural dialog, healing, and deep connection.
  • More men from diverse groups stepping into service and leadership positions.
  • Expansion of the demand for Gateway NWTAs and continued innovation in their development.
  • Innovation in the delivery of the NWTA.
  • Increase in the number of men involved in MKP from historically targeted demographics.
  • Greater recognition and acknowledgment of the ManKind Project as a culturally inclusive organization.

What is next for Gateway NWTAs?

  • Exploring more effective ways to integrate men who have attended Gateway NWTAs.
  • Expanding the availability of Gateway NWTAs to other demographics.
  • Continued expansion of opportunities for cross-cultural dialog and relationship.

If you have questions about this statement, please contact Greg Gondron, Training and Operations Director – operations@mkpusa.org

The ManKind Project is a global nonprofit [501 (c)(3)] charitable organization that conducts challenging and highly rewarding programs for men at every stage of life. The ManKind Project supports a global network of peer-facilitated men's groups where men mentor men through the passages of their lives. The ManKind Project empowers men to missions of service, supporting men to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the world. We help men through any transition, men at all levels of success, men facing almost any challenge. Our flagship training, described by many as the most powerful men's training available, is the New Warrior Training Adventure. The ManKind Project (MKP) is not affiliated with any religious practice or political party. We strive to be increasingly inclusive and culturally aware.