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.
Serving male-identifying teens/tweens, our media literacy-based program uses small-group exercises, discussions, and hands-on activities to help students develop foundational social and emotional learning skills. Students also develop the ability to identify, analyze and challenge the everyday media messages they consume.
Through our research-based curriculum, Boy-VERSE, students explore issues of Violence prevention, Emotional management, Relationship development, Self-confidence, and Education/Career goal-setting skills. Additional units focus on substance abuse prevention and interpersonal communication skill development.
Want to better understand the lives of your digitally networked teens? Want to learn how best to empower students to become responsible consumers and creators of digital media?
Boys for the Better runs community-based talks and trainings for parents and other youth-supporting adults to help them navigate the ever-changing world of digital media. Our talks are coeducational, and provide participants a deeper understanding of teen media usage, as well as best practices in setting media guidelines at home and at school. Learn how to help teens/tweens turn their media usage into positive real-world practices.
Bring Boys for the Better to your college or university for an interactive and research-based presentation about media, healthy relationships, and emotional well-being. Media messages often affirm and celebrate negative representations of male behavior. Boys for the Better helps students learn how to identify, analyze, challenge and counter these messages, as well as the real-world behaviors that are commonly referred to as toxic masculinity. Presentations can be tailored to mix-gender audiences, or to male-specific groups/athletic teams.
Let Boys for the Better help your organization/agency develop, strengthen and institutionalize media-based programming in support of your youth development goals. We help nonprofits and local government agencies design new programming and curriculum, develop stronger assessment tools, and improve organizational outcomes.
Contact us to learn more about our educational
programming, consulting services, and speaking events!