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The Representation Project: The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
LIVERESPECT™: Coaching Healthy and Respectful Manhood
A CALL TO MEN’s Curriculum, LIVERESPECT™ Coaching Healthy & Respectful Manhood, offers coaches, educators, mentors and youth advocates the tools to build young men of character. The curriculum, ideal for middle and high school age boys:
promotes healthy, respectful manhood
decreases language and actions that degrade women, girls and other marginalized groups
challenges harmful cultural and social norms
decreases instances of bullying and homophobia
About Boys ACT for Youth Center of Excellence, Cornell University
What does it mean to be a man? Boys are bombarded with messages about being manly -- messages that sometimes conflict with a boy's own desires and sense of self. Those who try hardest to live up to society's ideals of manliness may find that by doing so they undermine their health and relationships. The pressure on boys to conform to masculine stereotypes is intense, but with support, boys can find their way to fulfilling relationships and sexual health....
Brothers as Allies Research Study, ACT for Youth Center for Excellence, Cornell University
The New York State Department of Health and Cornell University are partnering on a research grant funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of the grant is to evaluate Brothers as Allies, a program that is part of the Boys Council curricula developed by One Circle Foundation.... We are running this study to see whether this program will help boys develop healthy relationships. If it works, we expect that the Brothers as Allies program will increase how comfortable boys feel with themselves and other people, and that this will, in turn, lead to less sexual harassment and abuse. Our hope is that the program will be shown to be effective, and that many other boys will be able to participate in the future.
Maine Boys to Men
Maine Boys to Men addresses the development of boys in the context of their relationships, socialization process, and cultural environments. Boys are bombarded by narrow, confusing, and often destructive messages about masculinity beginning at very early ages. We believe it is not the boys, but rather the culture in which they live and grow, that is in need of repair. While holding boys and men to a higher degree of individual accountability, we also put an appropriate level of focus on the environment—families, schools, community organizations, and peer culture—as the key agents of change in the lives of boys. Note the Community Resources section for specific offerings.