In the News

Dec 6, 2017
NECN - Maine high school hosts sexual assault, awareness forum

(NECN - 2 minute video) "It's encouraging to see a generation of students who are not accepting the culture that is being handed to them." Click below to view...

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Dec 5, 2017
Students tackle gender issues

A group of students want to change the culture relating to gender issues at Mt. Ararat High School. The students took part in a training last year that inspired the creation of a school club, Teens for Change. The training, conducted by Maine Boys to Men, was focused on gender violence, sexual assault and consent within relationships.

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Nov 8, 2017
Karen Heck: It’s up to men to speak out against sexual predators

A few weeks ago, with the revelation that Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator, I reposted something from a female friend on my Facebook page. Sadly, I was not surprised at the reaction from so many women who have experienced fear and worse just because they are female.

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Apr 9, 2017
An agency of change, "building true strength"

PORTLAND- As Maine Boys To Men moves towards celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, executive director Matt Theodores is quietly proud of the organization’s recent surge in services provided.

The nonprofit – dedicated to “helping boys reach their potential to become emotionally healthy, respectful, non-violent men” – increased its outreach “tenfold,” in the last 18 months, its outreach roughly matched that of the previous 10 years.

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Jan 13, 2017
Schools launch violence prevention training

SCARBOROUGH – Derogatory comments about women from one of the Presidential candidates was front and center in this season's election coverage and through a partnership with Maine Boys to Men, Scarborough schools are instituting a program that would cease this sort of thinking in its young students, especially the middle and high school boys.

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Dec 12, 2016
Lift 360 - Matt Theodores (Psi Class) – Maine Boys to Men

What do you do when you realize you want to contribute more to your community in ways that are fulfilling and personally challenging? What do you do when you know you need a change, but you don't know how or where to start? For Lift360's Leadership Intensive alum Matt Theodores, the answer was simple: start volunteering.

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Nov 5, 2016
YMCA of Southern Maine to honor work of three Non-Profits

Portland, ME – The YMCA of Southern Maine will recognize three Southern Maine-based nonprofits for their efforts to improve the lives on Mainers at the Y's Annual Celebration of Community in Portland on November 2nd.

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Nov 1, 2016
School Program Helps Students Prevent Violence Against Women

This inspiring video (3 minutes) aired on the New England Cable Network (NECN) on 11/1/16, showcasing Maine Boys to Men and a group of incredible youth leaders at South Portland High School! These students are using our Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP) to create positive change in their community.

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Oct 23, 2016
Maine Voices: A call to resist ‘toxic masculinity’
The road to manhood is challenging enough without people like Donald Trump and his 'beta boys' as models.

WATERVILLE — It's hard to find much good in the news these days when it comes to men. The release of the "Access Hollywood" tape of Donald Trump's conversation with Billy Bush; the growing number of allegations that Trump kissed, groped and otherwise assaulted women; and Trump's lame it's "just words," nothing more than "locker room talk" defense have all put contemporary masculinity in the crosshairs.

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Jun 28, 2016
Maine Voices: Healthy masculinity and femininity reflect our shared humanity

When yet another mass shooting or sexual assault makes headlines, we talk about the role of guns, religion and alcohol.

Perhaps because most men aren't violent, what we don't talk about is the fact that most violence is committed by men.

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Feb 29, 2016
Boys to Men Hosts "Mask You Live In" Film to Promote Dialogue About Social Change for Boys

Watching the news, the idea that a man will be revealed to be responsible for an act of violence is so commonplace that it simply registers as a fact of life. But do statistics showing that men are by far the most common perpetrators of brutality, sexual assault and harassment, or violent self-harm mean that the male of our species is inherently more violent, or are men and boys acting out a script they’re not even aware they’re following?

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Feb 7, 2016
Depression, a Tough Challenge for Boys

The United States faces many crises. Yet, despite what are becoming ongoing national dialogues on mental health, education and gender equality, the ways these crises intersect is rarely discussed.
Specifically, more must be done to recognize and rebel against the ways boys’ and men’s conditioning toward self-reliance and toughness of character compounds the pain of depression.

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Jan 22, 2016
The Mask You Live In Film Screening - How to be a Man

The organization Maine Boys To Men has an ambitious agenda. They want to "help serve entire communities by helping boys reach their potential to become emotionally healthy, respectful, non-violent men."
Matt Theodores is the executive director of Boys to Men and Ethan Pierce is a senior at Freeport high school where he is part of a group called "R.S.V.P." which stands for the "reducing sexism and violence program" and borrows heavily from Boys To Men.

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Jan 20, 2016
Letter to the Editor: LePage’s racist stereotyping does disservice to domestic-violence prevention efforts

As board members of Maine Boys to Men, we are writing to voice concern about the racist and sexist imagery evoked by Gov. LePage at the Jan. 7 town hall meeting in Bridgton.
Boys to Men is dedicated to preventing male violence, against self and others. We take seriously the importance of problems of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Maine.

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Nov 9, 2015
Maine Parents Need to Educate Children About Sexting

AUBURN, Maine — Sexting scandals involving teens have made headlines across the country recently — in Colorado, Tennessee and here in Maine.
According to the Lewiston Sun Journal, last week, 15-20 students at St. Dominic Academy in Auburn were disciplined for a sexting game in which boys competed to collect the most images from teen girls.

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Oct 31, 2015
Letter to the Editor: Correcting myths about men and domestic violence

Just recently, we learned Maine is ranked ninth in the country for the rate of women killed by men.
Although Maine-based groups such as Family Crisis Services, Maine Boys to Men and Sexual Assault Response Services focus on addressing gender violence in a number of ways, we all encounter recurring myths about domestic violence and dating abuse.
• Myth: Men are violent by nature.

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Oct 14, 2015
Maine Boys to Men Receives $350,000 Grant from National Office on Violence Against Women

PORTLAND, Maine – The United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded a grant of nearly $350,000 to Maine Boys to Men to engage boys and men as leaders in preventing violence against women in Greater Portland.

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Oct 5, 2015
Teaching Boys Healthy Masculinity and Consent

MPBN Radio - Shana Natelson, ED of Speak About It, Matthew Perry, Community Education and Communications Coordinator for Family Crisis Services and Matt Theodores, ED of Maine Boys to Men joined Jennifer Rooks to discuss efforts to change harmful conceptions of masculinity and femininity and reduce violence against women.

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Sep 18, 2015
Our boys need to absorb this message: Acting violently doesn’t mean you’re a man

The Sept. 15 BDN headline, "Report: Maine 9th in country for rate of women killed by men," caught my attention, but I quickly got distracted by the disproportional focus on guns, knives or whether these men killed their partners with bodily force.

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Sep 18, 2015
Program to begin with South Portland High School

The United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women has awarded a grant of nearly $350,000 to Maine Boys to Men to engage boys and men as leaders in preventing violence against women in greater Portland.

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Sep 8, 2015
Yarmouth-based Maine Boys to Men gets grant to continue, expand services

YARMOUTH — An organization working to stop gender-based violence has received a federal grant of nearly $350,000 to continue its efforts in the greater Portland area.

Nonprofit Maine Boys to Men was awarded the grant by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women on Sept. 8.

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