Alaska Governor Sean Parnell Addresses CBIM Champions
"In travelling around Alaska, I've seen firsthand how critical it is for men to be part of the solution to prevent violence against women and children," said Alaska Governor Sean Parnell in a video address that greeted about forty Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) champions in Anchorage last week. The audience comprised of coaches, advocates, and educators from around the state met as a part of the Governor's "Choose Respect" initiative. Futures Without Violence staff conducted this two-day training in partnership with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault based in Juneau with the goal of building confidence and capacity with coaches and advocates to implement the program this school year 2012 – 2013.
CBIM works to inspire coaches to teach their male athletes about the importance of respectful, healthy relationships and that violence never equals strength. Since early July, we have been in high gear working with local advocates and hundreds of high-school athletic coaches around the country preparing for the upcoming fall season.