Why do we work to empower boys?
Don't males already hold enough power
and privilege? To create a more just and equitable society, one that is rooted in respect and dignity for everyone, we simply cannot afford to ignore half of our adolescent population.
Teen and preteen boys face unique
social, emotional, cultural and educational challenges. By using the media closest
to them—from Fortnite to Instagram,
meme-making to movies—Boys for the Better helps male-identifying students explore and challenge media representations that limit their sense of self and others, while equipping them
with the tools to improve their schools
and communities for the better.
Our behavioral health program guides students through a research-based curriculum titled Boy-VERSE. Using small-group exercises, discussions, and hands-on activities, students develop the ability to identify, analyze and challenge the everyday media messages they consume.
Using media literacy as our foundation, students explore issues of Violence prevention, Emotional availability, Relationship management, Sense of self, and Educational achievement.
TEENS & MEDIA
Want to better understand the lives of your digitally networked teens? What to learn how best to empower your child to become a responsible media consumer and media creator?
Boys for the Better is available for community-based talks about teens and media; best practices in setting media guidelines; social identity development; and what parents can do to help their kids translate online media messaging into positive real-world practices.
Bring Boys for the Better to your college or university for an in-depth discussion about the social and cultural roots of toxic masculinity. Although media messages often affirm and celebrate representations of negative male behavior, media also has the power to help individuals and campuses create communities based on respect, healthy relationships, and shared values. Discussions can be tailored to mix-gender audiences, or to male-specific groups.
Let Boys for the Better help your school/organization develop, strengthen and institutionalize media-based programming in support of your youth development goals. Our team of educators can help you design new media programming and curriculum, develop stronger assessment tools, and improve student and organizational outcomes.
Contact us to learn more about our educational
programming, consulting services, and speaking events!