The Coaching Boys Into MenSM campaign invites men to be part of the solution by teaching boys that violence never equals strength.
In 2000 the Waitt Family Foundation, created by Gateway Computers founder Ted Waitt, partnered with the FVPF to find out why so few men were taking action against domestic violence. The results were eye-opening: the majority of men supported anti-violence efforts, but said they had never been asked to contribute to them actively. Men weren’t getting involved because they “didn’t feel welcomed or invited,” offered Judy Stafford of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention, which together with the Verizon Foundation has supported the FVPF’s CBIM work for years.
In the years since 2000, profound lessons have been learned. Since that initial study, the FVPF and its partners have helped to foster the leap from just 29 percent of American men talking to boys about violence, to over 55 percent. Today, as we look back on these efforts, we are encouraged by the fact that more men are joining the cause. Today, we have a clearer sense of what works and what doesn’t, as well as what we need to do in the critical weeks and months ahead.
And while the increase of American men talking to boys is significant, we still have a long a way to go before Breaking 80. True progress toward ending violence against women and children will only be achieved when a critical mass of men are actively involved in the solution by talking to the boys in their lives.
Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) engages athletic coaches through the Coaches Leadership Program to help shape the attitudes and behaviors of young male athletes.
Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men, often serving as a parent or mentor to the boys they coach. Because of these special relationships, coaches are poised to positively influence how young men think and behave both on, and off, the field. From speeches to the team, practice sessions, or simply casual conversation, coaches have many opportunities to impart their philosophies to athletes.
The Coaches Leadership Program equips coaches to talk with their athletes about respect for women and girls and that violence doesn’t equal strength.
- The CBIM Playbook is a core component of the Coaches Leadership Program that provides “teach-easy” tactics and teachable moments that illustrate ways to role model and promote healthy choices and relationships among youth.
- The CBIM Coaches Kit helps coaches integrate the lessons of the Playbook into weekly trainings throughout their athletic season. The Coaches Kit guides coaches through each training session to address respect, integrity, and non-violence with athletes. Additional resources are provided to support coaches and help them share CBIM their greater school and community.
- The Coaches Corner website provides coaches with access to program materials and tips from fellow coaches on how to implement the program.
RCASA is currently looking at the possibility of implementing this program in local high schools. We’ll keep you posted as we move forward.