MEN CONNECT for NEW MAINERS

Maine Boys to Men is committed to providing space for men to reflect on their experiences around masculinity and to explore connections between societal expectations of gender, self-harm, and violence. We've recently expanded our "Men Connect: Conversations in Masculinity" program and now offer a bi-weekly opportunity for immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking men to meet with experienced facilitators to explore their unique experiences with masculinity and to discuss tools for self-care, healthy relationships, and violence prevention. It has been a powerful experience to connect, share, learn, and reflect openly with this group of about twenty-five men from seven different countries.

Men Connect for New Mainers meets virtually, with the intention to resume safe, in-person meetings this spring/summer. For more information or to get Zoom links for upcoming meetings, email info @ maineboystomen.org.

"Since my husband started to join the MB2M meetings he changed his behavior. I realized that there is somebody in the shadow helping understand how a couple can engage in uncomfortable topics together, but doing so comfortably." ~Partner of a Men Connect for New Mainers participant

"I am lucky to be joining the MB2M in USA, specifically in Portland, Maine. This helps me a lot to get integrated into a new culture and understand the prevention piece to avoid the bad attitude in terms of dealing with a partner. I think I am in a good space at a good time." ~Francis, Men Connect for New Mainers participant

Our facilatators: Guy Mpoyi Tshitoko, Christian Bisimwa, and Chris Kelleher 

Guy Mpoyi   Christian Bisimwa   Chris Kelleher