Now more than ever, people from all ends of the political spectrum agree that victim blaming, disparaging remarks about women, and talk that glorifies unwanted sexual conquests are regrettable at best; and at worst they are harmful to young men as they develop their attitudes towards intimate relationships. Whether in the classroom, the chat room, or the locker room, when these interactions are left unchecked they perpetuate a mindset that incites gender-based violence.
Community Safety Network, together with the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Centers for Disease Control, Verizon, and the Teton County School District today announced that the nationally recognized Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) violence prevention curriculum from Futures Without Violence is now available to coaches of all sports in Teton County. Coaches of all school-based teams, community-based club sports, and leadership within sporting programs are invited to a formal Coaching Boys Into Men “Train the Trainer” Session with Wyoming CBIM facilitator Bob Vines on November 2, from 4:30pm to 8:00pm at Jackson Hole High School.
Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men. Because of these relationships, coaches are poised to positively influence how young men think and behave, both on and off the field. Coaching Boys Into Men is the only evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength.
CSN board member, parent and local physician Jim Little, Jr. MD, says “this program is a great way to use the character-building potential of sport. I think in Jackson we are lucky that most of our student athletes and coaches don’t tolerate this kind of ‘locker room talk’. But some of my adult patients have experienced harmful chatter in the locker room, and in some cases worse. The important message to our athletes and our coaches is that kind of talk doesn’t belong in my locker room, on our team, or on the field: not now, not ever! Coaching Boys Into Men equips male role models to harness the power they have with young men.”
To RSVP contact Athletic Director Mike Hansen at 307-732- 3705 or [email protected]