Pathway 1: Engaging Men & Boys

Promote a community climate that consists of healthy  masculinity and zero tolerance for violence against women and girls.

Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM)

Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) 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.

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Alaska Men Choose Respect (AMCR)

Alaska Men Choose Respect (AMCR) 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.

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Boys Run I toowú klatseen

Boys Run I toowú klatseen envisions boys and men possessing “strength of spirit.”  Through  this 10 week after-school program involving running, discussion and cultural activities that honor Southeast Alaska languages and values, 3rd-5th grade boys will gain the strength they need to build healthy relationships and create a community of respect for self and others.

This curriculum was developed in partnership between AWARE, Inc. and Sitkans Against Family Violence.  For more information or to become a coach contact Boys Run I toowú klatseen Coordinator Natalie Watson at or 586-4902.

COMPASS: A Guide for Men

COMPASS: 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.