Coaching Boys into MenCoaching Boys Into Men is a 10-week Coaches Leadership Program that partners with athletic coaches to help young male athletes practice respect towards themselves and others. In addition to the 10-week curriculum, teams are encouraged to do “overtime” by bringing these messages to the greater school and community audience. AWARE partners with Juneau Douglas High School Boy’s Basketball Team, Boy’s Cross Country Team, and Thunder Mountain High School Boy’s Basketball Team (the first team in Alaska to implement CBIM). AWARE presents biannual local trainings and partners with the Office of the Governor and Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to co-facilitate statewide trainings. For more information go to www.coachescorner.org
Alaska Men Choose RespectAlaska Men Choose Respect is a statewide effort of men working to end violence by choosing and teaching respect. This campaign includes media ads with themes of teaching respect and culture, a website and community engagement grants through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA). AMCR prevention messaging focuses on shifting norms around respect and men’s role in preventing domestic and sexual violence. As part of this promotion, the Governor’s Office, in partnership with domestic violence and sexual assault programs, coordinated statewide Choose Respect marches in more than 130 communities, with thousands of Alaskans coming out to choose respect. For more information go to www.alaskamenchooserespect.org.
Boys Run I toowú klatseenIn Tlingit, the Boys Run program is called I toowú klatseen, or “strength of spirit.” This is a 10-week after school program of running, discussion and cultural activities that honor Southeast Alaska’s languages and traditional values. 3rd-5th grade boys will gain the strength they need to build healthy relationships and create a community of respect for themselves and others. This curriculum was developed in partnership between AWARE and Sitkans Against Family Violence. For more information or to become a coach contact Kirk Burke at 586-4902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPASS: A Guide for MenCOMPASS: A Guide for Men is a resource for male mentors who work with Alaskan boys ages 12-18. COMPASS assists male mentors with discussions and activities that promote healthy identities, build positive relationships, and strengthen safe and violence-free communities. These strategies are designed to be easily incorporated into the day-to-day interactions that already exist between mentors and youth like team sports, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, etc. Bi-annual training opportunities are offered for men interested in facilitating COMPASS.
JCAP offers a 24-week intervention program that utilizes the Men Stopping Violence curriculum. In the course, you can expect to learn about violence against women, interact with other men, and do exercises that deepen the understanding of domestic violence. You will be asked to examine beliefs, attitudes and actions around the issues of abuse, violence, gender, race, class, and traditional male/female roles. All students are required to complete assigned readings, tasks and projects that address male violence against women. Completion is based on your attendance and submission of all assignments. Information on the class’s requirements will be available to you at the information meeting. The class is offered at Lemon Creek Correctional Center and in the Juneau community. JCAP collaborates with community agencies to create an individualized plan for participants. Flexible payment plans are available, as are community work service options. We accept court referrals, individuals referred by OCS or other agencies, and self-referrals. Topics integrated into the curriculum include:
- Power and Control: Challenging the underlying issues of power and control in domestic violence relationships.
- Empathy and Compassion: Learning to understand the victim’s point of view.
- Communication Skills: Developing effective communication patterns that facilitate equality in relationships.
- Anger Relapse Prevention: Changing patterns of anger used to maintain control over another person and which lead to acts of violence.
- Stress Management and Self-Esteem: Identifying and using skills to prevent relapse into violence.
- Eliminating violence against women and children.
- Providing safety for victims
- Teaching alternatives to violence
- Holding offenders accountable for family violence.