The Hero encounters someone  who will fill a role in their journey and 
ready them for the journey ahead.
Acting as a Mentor, this person imparts 
wisdom that may help the Hero’s mind expand and may be there to cushion the leap of faith needed to follow the call-to-adventure, the Hero leaves their ordinary world for the first time and crosses the threshold into the tutelage with their Mentor.

This is a time of trust building, resistance and Personal Growth.
This step may seem almost inevitable, but it also represents a choice the hero is making.

It is a door through which the Hero must pass for the story to really begin.


The Pathfinders Cycle of Mentorship here at MANA Youth Project is a foundational discovery of a young person’s Strengths, Values, Social & Familial connections, and also the definition a purpose in life, a new beginning and chance to author a personal narrative that will help the young protagonist acknowledge the Origin Story of their Past, the process of the Present, and plan ahead for the future they deserve as an authentic and confident Hero.

This process is a cultivation and manifestation of an emerging awareness of their identity and how each young person makes sense of their inner & outer worlds, as a means to shift, grow, and improve their life skills and pro-social development.

In addition, participants learn how to ‘Tune’ all of this new knowledge into a philosophy or code so that they may more easily relate to themselves, holding them accountable for their words and actions in everyday life.
This Foundational Cycle acts as an Origin Chapter in the Odyssey that is their Everyday Life. Young People who have worked with our Mentors have shown gradual and immediate growth in various aspects of their lives and self-actualisation, including:

Participants are supported to develop positive feelings about themselves, which are expected to manifest in their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.
Social Competence
Participants develop skills to comfortably express themselves in interpersonal and social relationships manifested by improved relationships with peers, adults, and community.
Understanding and Acknowledging their own Personal Narratives
Participants learn how to rewrite their past experiences, and regain authorship over their own life narratives. The stories that we carry with us everywhere we go.
Sense of Connection to the Community
Participants’ feelings of connection to place and community can be indicated by how they act and speak. Words like It’s so peaceful here, I feel safe, and I don’t want to leave likely indicate a feeling a sense of connection which is not demonstrated when they first enter the program.
We want to establish a strong sense of place for them in the areas they live so they don’t feel like strangers in their own home.


Every new Journey starts off by linking in with and getting to know your Mentor. This special guide will be with you every step of the way, helping you discover new understandings of yourself and the world around you. 


One of The most important steps on the Heroes Journey is the meeting of the Mentor & Mentee. This crucial meeting of two souls is the part of the Story where the young Hero/Heroine is paired with someone who can safely guide them from the comfort zones of their Ordinary World, and into the Extraordinary Outer World where lessons are learnt, new aspects about oneself are discovered and brought to life. If this initial stage is not supported or the pairing is not suitable, then the Journey can stop before it has even begun. That is why it is so important for us here at MANA Youth Project that we get it right at the beginning by offering an Obligation Free Discovery Meeting to see if the two (Mentor & Mentee) Click, form a bond, and begin to build a strong Rapport for the Journey Ahead. 



Your Heroic Archetype

The hero begins their training with a chosen or paired Mentor. they begin to discover things about themselves that they may have never uncovered without leaving the security of their comfort zones. They learn about their unique Character Strengths & Values. They learn what their Greater Strengths are and also acknowledge their Lesser Strengths. They learn that these are not weaknesses or limitations. They learn How they can integrate and strengthen them in every aspect of their lives.


 Sociograms & Relationships

During this time, the mentee endures tests of strength of will, meets friends, and comes face to face, or begins to recognise adversaries and agitators in his/her world. This period in their journey helps them define their relationship with other characters in their story. During this part of the journey, they learn who will help and who will hinder. And what friendships and relationships benefit them. It’s time to raise the rent on people who are bringing us down, and look forward to strengthening those that make us feel good.
sociogram is a graphic representation of social links that a person has. It is a graph drawing that plots the structure of interpersonal relations in a group or family unit. 

Ikigai: The Japanese Philosophy

The Hero reflects and defines the central motivating aims of their life—the reasons they get up in the morning. Understanding this Purpose can guide their life decisions, influence their behaviour, shape their goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. 
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.





Now the Hero understands their Strengths & Values they will also define and reinforce their core beliefs, and turn this newfound knowledge into an ‘Everyday Life Code’: A Personal Philosophy to hold them accountable for their words & actions. Our MANA Mentors call this ‘Code-Tuning” and it is a unique tool that allows both Mentor & Student to recognise one another’s Values, Morals and Beliefs, and also recognise those things in the people around them. Code-Tuning is about living Authentically. 





Through Writing, Art, Poetry or Video

Reviewing the Journey using their Insights from their personal Journal.
The Hero will construct the Introduction to their own Personal Legend.

A Personal Legend is “what you have always wanted to accomplish” or “The Person You have always wanted to Be”. It is your Origin Story. It is Where you have come from, and where you are going. It is your story, so write it well. 
This part of the 6-week Program gives each Mentee the opportunity to reflect on the Past, Present and Future chapters of their lives during the mentoring journey, and culminates in a Creative Expression either from a Written Piece, Piece of Art, Poetry or even a Video Testimonial.