Issues highlighted by the boys and young men are (in no particular order):
Family & Relationships
Peer pressure, criticism, judgement (and in extreme cases bullying)
Drugs & Alcohol
Intimate Partner Relationships
Understanding Girls/Young Women
Helping Friends While Taking Care of Oneself
As one would expect the issues are more or less heightened depending on the age and individual situation. There is a desire for sports, activities, or places to gather, the exact details of which vary from person to person, group to group. My sense is that places to connect and talk in some way is wanted by all but how it would ideally look varies greatly. There is a cautiousness by this group as a whole to engage in some of the deeper needed conversations.
Tarquin Bowers, evaluator for the project has written a personable, warm hearted, and well-written evaluation of their needs. I’d recommend diving into the full report. Make a coffee or tea, sit back, and enjoy your reading!