Modern Masculinity Training Institute


The Training Institute prepares parents, teachers, coaches, and youth-serving adults to bring our middle school curriculum, the Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP™), to Maine communities. We are excited to help others expand the messages and curriculum that helps boys and men reshape the way they think about masculinity and engages them to end male violence against women and girls.

We have over 20 years of experience in providing RSVP, a program that is grounded in research, evidence-based practices, and self- and third-party evaluations. RSVP has been studied by the University of New Hampshire and Rutgers University, resulting in this peer-reviewed article in the 2019 Children and Youth Services Review Journal. RSVP shifts attitudes about male power, gender equity, and coercion in relationships.

We explore these six content areas:

  • Why Boys?
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Empathy and Consent
  • Beyond the Binary and Narrow Masculinity
  • Upstander Intervention
  • Facilitation and Storytelling Techniques

We have been pleased to offer recent trainings for free, thanks to a generous grant from the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation. If you would like to learn about future training sessions in Maine or nationally, click here and we will add you to our notification list.

Contact chris @ to learn more about the current training or to explore how to bring a training to your community.

"The content is relevant, useful, and applicable. The trainers did a great job of demonstrating content and then providing commentary about how to deliver it. They also gave us things to think about as we deliver it ourselves. And they did it really well!"

"Great balance of activities! And an interacting, engaging facilitation style!"

"I was expecting to learn content that could be embedded into a larger SEL curriculum and this went above and beyond!"

"I loved the emphasis on creating counter narratives and on story telling—these are helpful, inspiring, and practical approaches."

"This genuinely was fantastic."

Chris Kelleher, facilitator