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International Day of the Girl

October 22nd, 2020 by Leila Milani

On October 11th the world celebrated the International Day of the Girl.  And this year, we at FUTURES, tip our hat off to a program that, through working with men and boys, makes it possible for girls to live a more secure and fulfilling life. One where if one day they do not show up for school someone steps up, searches for them, takes a stand to make sure they are counted,  and endeavors to provide them with the opportunity to learn and grow.  This a world where girls will grow up knowing that their presence is vital and their absence is noticed.

When school administrators, coaches, or youth service providers visit the official Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) site, www.coachescorner.com, they are seeking programs that can advance positive and respectful relationships among youth, they are seeking programs that can help young men see their role in society …

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International Day of the Girl

October 22nd, 2020 by Leila Milani

On October 11th the world celebrated the International Day of the Girl.  And this year, we at FUTURES, tip our hat off to a program that, through working with men and boys, makes it possible for girls to live a more secure and fulfilling life. One where if one day they do not show up for school someone steps up, searches for them, takes a stand to make sure they are counted,  and endeavors to provide them with the opportunity to learn and grow.  This a world where girls will grow up knowing that their presence is vital and their absence is noticed.

When school administrators, coaches, or youth service providers visit the official Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) site, www.coachescorner.com, they are seeking programs that can advance positive and respectful relationships among youth, they are seeking programs that can help young men see their role in society …

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The Enduring Value of Simplicity: Reflections on the FUTURES Campus Leadership Program

June 29th, 2020 by Claire Helpingstine MS, PhD Candidate Psychology, Florida International University

If someone were to ask me to pick one word to summarize my experience as a fellow in the FUTURES Campus Leadership Program, I think that I would choose the word, bittersweet. I am certain you are thinking, “How unoriginal,” and I cannot help but to agree. Nevertheless, I have given this much thought, and sometimes, the most seemingly unoriginal thing is also the perfect thing. Let me explain: A friend once told me a story about overcoming the largest hurdle of their dissertation project with an everyday kitchen utensil. To put it briefly (and in a language far more palatable), my friend was attempting to heat an awfully expensive chemical solution, yet every attempt resulted in a small fire and reprimand from my friend’s advisor. After coming up with a number of high-tech solutions all to no avail, a research assistant’s mother suggested the use of a basic …

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NCHDV Steering Committee: Finding Hope and Healing in the time of COVID-19

April 29th, 2020 by Kate Vander Tuig, Health Program Manager
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Today at FUTURES we are honoring what would have been Day One of the 9th National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (NCHDV) in Chicago. Over the last few months, many of our lives have changed. Much of our NCHDV community are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response – having to adapt and innovate new strategies for health and safety. We asked three of our NCHDV steering committee members who to reflect on their experience mobilizing to address the impact that COVID-19 has had on communities:

Makini Chisolm-Straker, MD MPH is an assistant professor Department of Emergency Medicine, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Brooklyn and also on per diem at Elmhurst Hospital Center Emergency Department in Queens. Makini represents HEAL Trafficking on the NCHDV Steering Committee. 

Amanda Pyron is the Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network and represents them

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Supporting Mothers at the Intersection of Violence & Racism

April 14th, 2020 by Nathalie Meus, Outreach & Policy Associate

The week of April 11th-17th marks Black Maternal Health Week, a campaign that was led and founded three years ago by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The week serves as a time to amplify the voices of Black mamas and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. 

In the United States, Black women are 2 to 6 times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than White women. All too often, when looking at the disproportionate maternal mortality and morbidity rates among Black mothers, the issue of interpersonal violence (IPV) is left out of the conversation–an exclusion which can cost lives. We know that 43.7% of Black women have experienced physical violence from an intimate partner, which is significantly higher than the national average of IPV experienced by women of all races (25%).

As part of this week to amplify the

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