Coaching Boys into Men
Athletic coaches play an extremely important role in the lives of boys and young men; they may serve as a parent-figure or mentor to the kids they coach. Coaches can and often do influence how young men think and behave both on and off the field.
Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is an innovative, evidence-based program that provides high school athletic coaches with the tools they need to address critical topics with their players: respectful relationships with dating partners, consent, harassment, and sexual assault.
Most good coaches already believe that character-building is an important part of their role. The CBIM curriculum consists of a series of coach-to-athlete scripted discussions that guide coaches on how to model respect and promote healthy relationships. And, it’s quick: CBIM takes only 10-15 minutes a week over the course of a sports season.
Watch as Coach George Novak and the football coaches from Woodland Hills High School talk about why they use CBIM
Why use an evidence-based model of sexual violence prevention?
Coaching Boys Into Men is effective. A randomized trial in 16 high schools in Sacramento, CA, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and led by Dr. Elizabeth Miller (Chief of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh) found that the program increased high school male athlete intentions to do something when they witness disrespectful and harmful behaviors among their peers as well as actual positive bystander behaviors. One year later, the athletes who received the program from their coaches reported lower rates of abuse perpetration than the athletes who did not receive the program.
Links to abstracts:
CBIM in Southwestern PA
In Southwestern PA, the following agencies are currently working to promote adoption of CBIM by training and supporting coaches in a variety of schools and community groups:
Center for Victims
Gateway High School
Woodland Hills High School
Crisis Center North
Montour High School
North Allegheny High School
North Hills High School
Northgate Junior/Senior High School
Sto Rox High School
West Allegheny High School
Shadyside Academy High School
Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA
Washington Senior High School
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
Point Park University
Robert Morris University
Shaler High School
Wilkinsburg High School
PAAR’s Coaching Boys into Men Outreach video: