Participants in our healthy masculinity workshops in schools are gaining new knowledge, skills and adopting these into their everyday lives in and outside of the school, according to Deloitte Access Economics’ recent evaluation of our Modelling Respect and Equality schools pilot program.
We know that in recent times the attitudes and behaviours of adolescent boys have come into focus and conversation within our communities. The rise of online influences who have problematic and misogynistic thinking has highlighted a challenge facing teachers, parents and young people themselves. We know it is vital to create an environment where key influences on boys’ lives, like teachers, can encourage and role model strengths-based approaches and assist boys to develop a healthy and positive identity. Teachers and school staff wanted the confidence and language to be able to have conversations and look for ways to promote and role model healthier alternatives to dominant forms of masculinity.
To aid teachers and schools in addressing this challenge head-on, The Men’s Project developed a workshop series to deliver to all staff members in a range of Victorian schools, along with a two-day intensive training to support several staff members from each school to build their skills and confidence in taking action and implementing changes in their school community.