Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention Announces The Engaging Men and Boys National Summit at 2011 Clinton Global Initiative

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Innovative Program Expands to 20 Additional U.S. Communities

"The reality is that men do care about ending violence against women and children and they are ready and willing to act,”

The Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention have announced their newest commitment as participants in the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Inspired by former President Bill Clinton’s work building partnerships that result in creative and measurable solutions to global challenges, the Waitt Institute will expand the work of “Coaching Boys into Men,” (CBIM) an innovative campaign that provides strategies and resources to engage men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls.

Launched in 2001 by Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), a national leader working to end violence against women and children, “Coaching Boys into Men” specifically focuses on guiding and inspiring athletic coaches to address issues of relationship violence and abuse with their athletes. To expand the program, The Waitt Institute will convene a national conference that will bring together partners and leaders from 20 communities with demonstrated leadership in engaging men and boys in violence prevention.

Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men often serving as a parent or mentor to the boys they coach. Because of these special relationships, coaches are poised to positively influence how young men think and behave both on, and off, the field. From speeches to the team, practice sessions, or simply casual conversation, coaches have many opportunities to impart their philosophies upon their athletes.

Supported by public service announcements (PSAs), collateral materials, an online toolkit, Playbook, and the official Coaches Program that includes strategies and resources to help athletic coaches prevent gender-related violence, Coaching Boys into Men, in the US and in multiple countries around the world, equips coaches to teach their athletes about respect for women and girls and that violence never equals strength.

“The reality is that men do care about ending violence against women and children and they are ready and willing to act,” said Cindy Waitt, President, Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. “Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, teachers, coaches, and mentors can play a crucial role in helping to prevent domestic and sexual violence in communities all around the globe.”

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with an organization that has made it a priority to tackle gender-based violence by engaging men and boys,” said Esta Soler, Executive Director of Futures Without Violence. “The Waitt Institute’s commitment at CGI will allow us to reach many more communities with the Coaching Boys Into Men training that equips coaches with the resources to build positive attitudes and behavior.”
The national summit is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2012 in San Francisco, and the objective of the meeting is to capture the best practices and lessons learned in optimizing Coaching Boys into Men and packaging a CBIM Training Institute for other communities to follow in implementing the program.

The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention is a private operating foundation committed to breaking the cycle of violence in our homes, schools, and communities on the local and national level. The Waitt Family Foundation has supported violence prevention efforts since 1993. To streamline our efforts, WIVP was founded in 2005, by Ted Waitt. We are the only private foundation in America that focuses solely on primary prevention. Through this work, we change social norms that accept violence as a part of life.

For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for innovative educational programs, public action campaigns, policy development and leadership training designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994, Futures Without Violence has established an International Training and Conference Center that will engage today’s diverse national and global leaders, stand with survivors, and continue working to break the silence around violence and abuse. Learn more at http://www.FuturesWithoutViolence.org

Marsha Robertson
Director of Communications
Futures Without Violence


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