“Changing Male Conversations” is an initiative that will be designed to engage a group of young males in discussions around specific topics that are necessary if young men are going to have positive attitudes towards women which will translate into having healthy relationships.
Our current Adolescent Male Program only provides one on one counselling for young men on the issues of violence against women. This initiative seeks to deal with these issues on a more social level, particularly as new technology and social media create unlimited access to not only valuable information, but also to images and attitudes about women that are disturbing.
We plan to:
Our focus will be primarily on positive engagement, providing current and relevant information, inviting and opening up conversations and discussions, and changing the negative male culture of 'locker room talk' into something more meaningful and productive to healthy relationships.
These discussions will cover a variety of topics that have historically been viewed as 'boys being boys' and will challenge their personal sense of responsibility towards women, relationships, themselves, and their community.
The conversations that are essential include:
We look forward to keeping you updated on this exciting initiative. As information regarding the program becomes available it can be found http://www.newleafpictoucounty.ca/news.
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