WIGGINS INSTITUTE

Entrepreneurship & Life Development

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WIELD

Apprenticeship, Brotherhood & Life Skills for MEN ages 18+

Equipping to unleash entrepreneurial potential.

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MANHOOD EXPERIENCE

CHARLOTTE 2024

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Laying the groundwork for elevated ​manhood in thought, word & deed.


Week-long residential immersive ​experience for males ages 18 - 24.



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“Young men are being ​bombarded with negative ​images of manhood. It’s time to ​change the narrative.”

Where do young men go to learn to be good MEN?


The WIELD Manhood Experience is led by seasoned ​entrepreneurs, husbands, fathers, business & ​community leaders, providing guidance and ​mentorship for males in the height of transition to ​adulthood.


Intense & fully-immersive, young men take a deep ​dive into the elements of positive manhood: being a ​gentleman, developing discipline, work ethic, ​financial independence, relationship management, ​healthy living, critical thinking & more.


The MANHOOD EXPERIENCE produces life-changing ​results.




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CHOOSE YOUR SESSION

June 30 - July 5

JULY 21 - 26

AUGUST 11 - 16

JULY 7 - 12

JULY 28 - Aug 2

august 18 - 23

JULY 14 - 19

AUG 4 - 9

August 25 - 30

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REGISTER

$1,599 per session

MANHOOD EXPERIENCE

Frequently Asked Questions

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Wh​ere Will The Young Men Reside?

Campers will reside in WIELD Housing - fully furnishe​d apartments in Uptown Charlotte. There will be 8 men to ​a unit, and unit members will be grouped by age​.

Wh​at Is the itinerary for the experience?

The daily agenda will contain sessions and activities ​related to the theme for that day. For example, if the ​theme is Professional Development, sessions may include ​business acumen & etiquette, communication skills, ​networking, etc.

WH​AT TIME IS CHECK-IN on SUNDAY?

Campers are asked to arrive at 4:00 pm on Sunday to get ​se​ttled in and ready for the welcome reception/dinner.

WHA​T TIME IS DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY?

Cam​pers will be dismissed at 4:00 pm on Friday.

Wha​t do i need to pack?

  • Business casual attire (collared shirts, slacks, non-​athletic shoes)
  • One suit or blazer and dress slacks
  • Athletic attire for morning workouts
  • Casual wear for social outings
  • T​oiletries

Is A payment plan availa​ble

Yes, with final payment due 2 days before session begins. ​Payment details will be provided once registration is ​process​ed.

Ca​n I Bring A Car?

Yes, you can bring a car, though we suggest you don’t. ​There will be additional fees associated with parking in Up​town. Activities and sessions are all within walking d​istance of WIELD Housing, and transportation to farthe​r events w​ill be provided.

The journey to the future begins with vision.

WIELD offers development, education and ​direction to young men from all walks of ​life. Guiding participants to the path of ​innovative entrepreneurship & ​employment, WIELD provides opportunity ​to build deep networks with a broad array of ​resources. Adding life skills training to the ​mix, Fellows are fully prepared to "adult," ​armed with the tools and know-how to ​manage their personal & professional lives ​effectively.

Vision
finance technology (fintech) and world economy
WIELD presents real world insight and practical skills that only experienced entrepreneurs can provide

AREAS

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Critical

Thinking

Financial

Literacy

Work

Preparedness

Self

Mastery

Definiteness

of Purpose

Healthy

Living

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EXPERIENTIAL

Fellows attend sessions in a bustling ​office environment, learning how to ​conduct business and interact with ​professionals.

ELEVATED

Fellows are taught the importance of discipline and image; exercising high standards in thought, word & deed.

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ENGAGING

Fellows work, live and play together, creating bonds, memories and experiences that last a lifetime.

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Cohort Based

WIELD Fellows are like-minded individuals ​working together towards a common ​mission. Cohorts meet in-person for 4 weeks,​ live in WIELD housing, and develop rout​ines and relationships f​or life.

The WIELD Way

Strategy

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Experienced Mentorship

WIELD Fellows are the recipients of tutelage and direction from successful business leaders and entrepreneurs in a highly disciplined environment.

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Pipeline To Ownership

Earn while you learn! WIELD Fellows ​develop entrepreneurial aptitude working ​in a "family business" with ownershi​p or employment opportunity upon succes​sful completion ​of the program.

Our Process

Vision

Who are you? What are you purposed to accomplish? We dig deep to help you clarify your vision for your personal and professional life.

Investigation

Discovery, exploration and research allow you to learn the ins and outs of the role or industry in which you choose to conduct business.

Application

Once you determine the what, it's time to determine the HOW. Start or enhance a business with the guidance and expertise of seasoned entrepreneurs.

Check out the WIELD Booklet

for more information.

Founded by Joel C. Wiggins

Entrepreneur, Author, Educator, Mentor

& Marketplace Influencer

“WIELD is everything I wished was ​available to me when I was coming up. If ​something like this was offered during my ​teenage years, I could have avoided many ​mistakes. This work is important and ​needed. ”


2024

COHORT SCHEDULE

INVESTMENT: $5499

includes training, guest lectures, ​activities, apprenticeship with ​professional certification and ​mentoring sessions for 12 months.*


MAY

5/6 - 5/31


JUNE, JULY & AUGUST

SUMMER MANHOOD EXPERIENCE

SEPTEMBER

9/2 - 9/27

OCTOBER

9/30 - 10/25


NOVEMBER

11/4 - 11/29


*housing available for an additional fee for up to 12 months.

CHANGE YOUR WORLD

Admission to WIELD is highly selective. Applicants compete nationally for a spot in a cohort. Cohorts are kept small in order to maintain a personal, hands-on experience.

Applications due 7 days prior to desired cohort start date.

Contact Us

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1213 W Morehead St

Suite 500-202

Charlotte, NC 28208

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contact@thewield.com

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