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For the next generation of men


We support men to create mentoring and rite of passage events that welcome young men into Man’s World.

WELCOME! You’ve found our Kingmaker’s website; you must be someone who cares about improving the lives of young men. Many thanks for that!

The Kingmakers network was born out of an International Men’s Conference in 2008. Since that launch, our group has grown to include men from across the US and Canada. Our mandate is to serve the NEXT GENERATION OF MEN and to contribute to a positive future for young men, families, and our communities.

The Kingmakers is a council of senior men who have been doing young men’s work, initiation experiences, Rites of Passage, and mentoring for over 30 years.

The men of Kingmakers all have a few things in common. A passion for finding a way to serve young men on their journey toward manhood, and for many, working through their organizations to provide various forms of adventure activities, group mentoring programs, and Rites of Passage events. They carry a legacy of many years of successful events. The Kingmakers network exists to inspire, offer support, and provide guidance to men and organizations interested in our work.

We appeared on CNN This Is Life with Lisa Ling, Nov 2020

Watch CNN’s This Is Life featuring our work. 

If are a parent, volunteer, media or potential sponsor, and you want to make a difference by serving young men, please contact us using the form below. We look forward to talking with you soon. 

Find Out More!

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Brad Leslie

KingMakers – Founder

Vancouver, Canada

Young Men’s Adventure Weekend

Co-Founder and Spirit Keeper


Hawkeye Jay Zipperman

KingMakers – Team Captain

Ellijay, Georgia

Mountain Wisdom Inc.

Founder and Executive Director