Engaging Men Program Orientation a Success

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Futures Without Violence is partnering with the Office on Violence Against Women, Men Stopping Violence, A CALL TO MEN, and The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, as the lead technical assistance provider for the Engaging Men Program – an exciting new federal program focusing on engaging men to prevent violence against women. Twenty-three sites have been chosen from across the country to create public education campaigns and community organizing strategies to engage men and boys in their communities to prevent violence against women.

In August 2011, representatives from each of the 23 sites, Futures Without Violence, Men Stopping Violence, and the Office on Violence Against Women met in Miami for a successful three day program orientation. Presenters included Beth Richie, Catlin Fullwood, and Jay Otto. Program grantees had the opportunity to do strategic planning, learn more from these presenters, and each other, about the incredible opportunities for engaging men in violence prevention.

The grantees left the orientation with new resources and information necessary to complete their strategic plans and begin to build their programs. Futures Without Violence is eager to continue our work with program grantees as they begin implementing their plans and developing new male leaders in their communities around the issue of violence against women.

Stay tuned for more updates on how the 23 communities’ projects are progressing!

Watch this clip of Beth Richie’s presentation for a taste of what the grantees learned at their program orientation: