Engaging Men and Boys National Summit Announced at 2011 Clinton Global Initiative
Enhancing Futures Without Violence’s Coaching Boys to Men Program, Summit to be Held in San Francisco in 2012
NEW YORK, NY – September 22, 2011 — The Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention have announced their newest commitment as participants in the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Inspired by former President Bill Clinton’s work building partnerships that result in creative and measurable solutions to global challenges, the Waitt Institute will expand the work of “Coaching Boys into Men,” (CBIM) an innovative campaign that provides strategies and resources to engage men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls.
Launched in 2001 by Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), a national leader working to end violence against women and children, “Coaching Boys into Men” specifically focuses on guiding and inspiring athletic coaches to address issues of relationship violence and abuse with their athletes. To expand the program, The Waitt Institute will convene a national conference that will bring together partners and leaders from 20 communities with demonstrated leadership in engaging men and boys in violence prevention.
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 upon their athletes.
Supported by public service announcements (PSAs), collateral materials, an online toolkit, Playbook, and the official Coaches Program that includes strategies and resources to help athletic coaches prevent gender-related violence, Coaching Boys into Men, in the US and in multiple countries around the world, equips coaches to teach their athletes about respect for women and girls and that violence never equals strength.
“The reality is that men do care about ending violence against women and children and they are ready and willing to act,” said Cindy Waitt, President, Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. “Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, teachers, coaches, and mentors can play a crucial role in helping to prevent domestic and sexual violence in communities all around the globe.”
“We’re very pleased to be partnering with an organization that has made it a priority to tackle gender-based violence by engaging men and boys,” said Esta Soler, Executive Director of Futures Without Violence. “The Waitt Institute’s commitment at CGI will allow us to reach many more communities with the Coaching Boys Into Men training that equips coaches with the resources to build positive attitudes and behavior.”
The national summit is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2012 in San Francisco, and the objective of the meeting is to capture the best practices and lessons learned in optimizing Coaching Boys into Men and packaging a CBIM Training Institute for other communities to follow in implementing the program.