Modern Masculinity Training Institute


We are pleased to announce that we are offering another session of our Modern Masculinity Training Institute on six Tuesdays and Thursdays in May and June:

  • May 25: Why Boys?
  • May 27: Gender Stereotypes
  • June 1: Empathy and Consent
  • June 3: Beyond the Binary and Narrow Masculinity
  • June 8: Upstander Intervention
  • June 10: Facilitation and Storytelling Techniques

The training will be held on Zoom from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join us to be part of the growing network of individuals in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Canada who have already been trained. Register here. There is no cost to attend.

This Modern Masculinity Training Institute was made possible through a grant from the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation.

What is the Modern Masculinity Training Institute?

The Modern Masculinity Training Institute prepares adult participants to use our middle school Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP)™ for boys. However, this curriculum can be adapted for all genders and for different age groups.

RSVP™ is grounded in research, evidence-based practices, self-evaluations, and third party evaluations. It has been studied by the University of New Hampshire and Rutgers University, resulting in a peer-reviewed article in the 2019 Children and Youth Services Review Journal. The article describes RSVP's impact in middle school, including its effectiveness in shifting attitudes about male power, gender equity, and coercion in relationships.

Why take this training?

Maine Boys to Men has over 20 years of experience in helping boys and men reshape the way they think about masculinity and engaging them to end male violence against women and girls. With the importance of these issues and the lack of comparable programs, we launched our training institute so that we can share our knowledge with others who can in turn help us reach more youth.

Who should attend? 

Whether you are a facilitator of youth programs, a parent, a positive role model, or a youth-serving professional, this workshop will help you support the healthy development of boys who will confidently challenge a culture of self-harm and violence.

What topics does RSVP™ cover?

Participants connect through a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) framework aimed at primary prevention of gender-based violence. The program engages participants in learning about and discussing interpersonal biases, empathy, masculinity, healthy relationships, gender stereotypes, gender-based violence, consent, and bystander intervention.

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