Breaking Though Gender Barriers

This offering inspires and empowers adult men and women to work together as allies for positive social change. The full-day workshop embraces a theme of exploring masculinity and breaking down the barriers by exploring the role that gender socialization plays in our lives and the lives of our children, and its connection to staggering levels of harm and violence in our culture.

Why should you attend this workshop?

Maine Boys to Men is changing the lives of boys in ways that will positively affect them – and those around them – for the rest of their lives. We have worked with over 10,000 youth in Greater Portland, across Maine, and beyond. We are having an impact, and this workshop provides a low-cost opportunity for you to participate.

You will gain specific knowledge and skills to strengthen your partnership with youth in your life, including those who have participated in our Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP)™ in middle schools and high schools.

Why this workshop is important!

As a society, we have become accustomed to seemingly never-ending stories of self-harm, harassment, and violence, which disproportionately happens at the hands of men. This is an opportunity to reflect on ways that narrow views of masculinity can encourage boys and men to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women, and participate in a culture of harm and violence.

This experiential workshop, rooted in a broader view of masculinity, brings attention to less common stories where boys, girls, men and women are challenging social norms to help boys be their full authentic selves. This skillfully facilitated workshop provide a safe and welcoming space for all to connect around shared experiences, differing perspectives, and a common desire to make our communities safer and stronger. You will leave with tools to be used in your personal and professional life.