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Coaching Boys Into Men Implementation Highest in Nation

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Area high school coaches and athletes convened at the Coaching Boys Into Men Showcase where it was announced that implementation of the dating violence prevention program in our region is the highest in the nation. During the program at Westinghouse Academy, high school coaches and athletes shared how the Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) program has helped their teams. The Showcase was hosted by FISA Foundation and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Coaching Boys Into Men is an evidence-based program that gives high school coaches the tools to talk to their athletes about building safe and healthy relationships. CBIM engages athletes as leaders in schools …

Dr. Jackson Katz Coming to Pittsburgh to Address #MeToo

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Beyond Compliance: Ending Sexual Harassment Through Culture Change with Dr. Jackson Katz Join us for two exciting upcoming programs in our region to build upon the national #MeToo conversation. Both sessions will be led by Dr. Jackson Katz, an internationally recognized educator, author, filmmaker and activist, and a founding architect of the bystander approach to prevention. Confronting Sexual Harassment: A Workshop with Dr. Jackson Katz: Tuesday, March 6, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. #MeToo has exposed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse in the lives of women across all sectors. Traditional sexual harassment training is not sufficient to create a culture of respect for women …

Attend Coaching Boys Into Men Showcase

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Sexual assault and harassment are being addressed like never before. We know abuse is preventable, but it requires a culture change from the top down. Coaching Boys Into Men can be part of the solution. Join us to learn more about the impact this program is having in local schools at the Coaching Boys Into Men Showcase on February 22. You’ll hear from coaches who go the extra mile to teach their athletes to demonstrate good character as leaders. Coaching Boys Into Men is an evidence-based program that helps high school athletic coaches prepare their athletes to have healthy relationships and respect for all. When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 …

#MeToo: What’s Next for Pittsburgh?

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Join us for three exciting upcoming programs in our region to build upon the national #MeToo conversation. Evening with Tarana Burke, founder of #MeToo movement: Tuesday, February 6, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join PublicSource for an evening with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. The simple yet courageous #MeToo campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment. Tarana’s powerful and poignant story behind creating what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift and inspire you. Lecture and panel Q&A begin at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, followed by book …

Zach Just – Laurel Highlands High School

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“All the guys admitted that they’d been involved in locker room talk at some point. They weren’t aware of the damage they were doing. They were just trying to be cool.” Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) meshed well with the team building meetings Zach Just held every Thursday during his tenure as head football coach at Laurel Highlands High School. His players were already comfortable with the discussion format, and the CBIM materials made it easy to include more serious content. “We couldn’t have talked about those heavy topics without the flip cards. They are just outstanding,” Zach says. “They guide you and help you …

Ryan Krull – Carmichaels High School

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“Coaching Boys Into Men helps young boys figure out how to make more adult choices. The name says it all.” Ryan Krull, head coach of the Carmichaels Mighty Mikes football team for the past five seasons, says the decision to implement the Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) program was a no-brainer. “There’s so much negativity in this crazy world we live in,” according to Ryan. “If something comes along that promotes better behavior in our young people, we’re going to do it.” The team’s assistant coaches and local school officials were immediately on board after Ryan told them about CBIM. “I gave them an overview …

Monte Robinson – Westinghouse Academy

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“At the end of the day, if you’re passionate about character development, Coaching Boys Into Men is a great tool to start working with your guys.” Westinghouse Academy 6-12 was the first Pittsburgh Public School to bring Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) to a varsity athletic team, thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of football coach and alum Monte Robinson. He’d been looking for a way to balance the messages that young athletes hear about behavior. “Athletics creates a ‘gloves-off’ environment,” Monte says. “Coaches encourage players to be aggressive on the field, but we don’t teach them how to turn it off.” Monte says …

Lori Poe – Chartiers Valley High School

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“Coaching Boys Into Men is a great program for girls, too. Kids of both sexes know they have someone to talk to. They become resources for each other. Not all kids have that, and it wouldn’t have happened here without the structure of the program.” Lori Poe, head coach for cross country and track & field at Chartiers Valley High School, runs a combined program. She asked her male assistants to work with the boys on the team when Chartiers Valley School District implemented Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) across its male athletic programs, and Lori had separate discussions with the girls, substituting topics more relevant …

Curt Cairns – Chartiers Valley High School

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“These are good kids, so it’s tempting to just assume that everyone is doing the right thing and making the right decisions. But unless you talk to them, you don’t know what’s really happening in their lives. You’ve got to ask. You’ve got to have these conversations.” Curt Cairns is in his second season as head baseball coach at Chartiers Valley High School, but he’s been coaching in the district for the past 20 years. “I’ve seen it all,” he laughs. He was eager to bring Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) to his team last year at the request of school administrators. “The coaches knew …

Believing Changes Everything

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Nearly every woman I know has been harassed at least once by a man. Certainly not all men harass women, but enough do to make women preemptively cautious and afraid. Fear of men is so normalized that it seems like common sense. We teach our daughters to be afraid when walking through a parking garage or down the street late at night. We carry our keys and buy pepper spray. Many women think twice before getting on the elevator if a man is there. When meeting someone new on a first date we meet in a public place, with an exit plan. We expect to encounter …

The Power of #MeToo

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By Kristy Trautmann Last week, the headlines were filled with the decades-long story of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s patterns of sexual exploitation of women. The scope and scale of his predatory behavior unfolded as dozens of A-list actresses bravely broke their silence, telling strikingly similar stories of sexual harassment and assault. And the cover-up became plain: many people knew or at least suspected, and lawsuit after lawsuit ended in large settlements, each with a gag order to buy her silence. Into this powder keg of public scrutiny, actress Alyssa Milano issued her now-famous tweet proposing to expose the shocking prevalence of sexual violence by urging …

Five steps to take if you witness domestic violence

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By Nicole Molinaro and Carla Adams You are driving down the street and see a man aggressively push a woman away, yell at her and then grab her closer to get a better angle to punch her. You are a bystander. What do you do? Domestic violence is typically a secret, so it usually happens behind closed doors. Although it’s not common to witness attacks, it does happen, and it can be difficult to know what to do to help. Every situation is different, and it’s important to assess the situation quickly to determine how to act. So what should that action look like? When …

University Presidents and Community Officials Unite to End Campus Sexual Assault

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One in five female undergraduates and one in 14 male undergraduates across the country have experienced sexual assault in college, according to the Department of Justice. On Monday, September 11, college and university leaders in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties united with community organizations, advocates and state and local officials to reaffirm their commitment and report on the region’s progress in addressing campus sexual assault. The event marked the public launch of a video series featuring 13 area university presidents declaring zero tolerance for abuse on campus and encouraging students to report and seek assistance. “Change starts with leadership from the top,” said Kristy Trautmann, executive director, FISA …

Teaching the Power of Language

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By Kristy Trautmann The first day of school is an important milestone every year: new grade, new teachers, new peers, maybe a new school or going off to college. Regardless of age, it is normal for young people to try on the new maturity gained during summer break, experiment with new ways of behaving and to sometimes test the limits. It’s a particularly important time to be on the lookout for problematic behavior before it becomes ingrained. Research tells us that the peer environment is one of the strongest influences over a young person’s behavior. We also know that language is powerful in shaping attitudes, and …

Four reasons coaches should address dating violence

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By Dale Lolley Domestic violence. They are two words that elicit graphic images of bruises, broken bones and even deaths in our minds. Wouldn’t it be something if a future generation grew up without knowing what those words meant? As a veteran reporter who has spent the better part of three decades working in newspapers, television and radio, I’ve been in a lot of newsrooms. Anyone who has spent even a few hours in a newsroom knows the lifeblood is its police scanner. Not a day goes by that police aren’t being called out to handle some form of domestic violence. It’s one of the …

CBIM Summit at Steelers Training Camp

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Attend a Coaching Boys Into Men Summit at Steelers Training Camp hosted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, FISA Foundation, and United Way of Southwestern PA. This program is for athletic directors, superintendents and coaches who care about character as well as wins and losses. You will learn more about Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM), a program to help you promote healthy relationships and address issues such as locker room talk and sexting. Keynote speaker Don McPherson is an activist, educator and College Football Hall of Famer. The former NFL player and director of Northeastern University’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program will discuss empowering young men to prevent dating …

Pittsburgh Says NO MORE at Third Annual Event

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On June 16, Pittsburgh communities demonstrated their united commitment to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault when government, business, faith and community leaders convened in the Allegheny County Courthouse courtyard for the third annual Father’s Day Pledge Signing event, an inspiring call to action for our region. During the rally, leaders from multiple sectors and a groundswell of supporters recited the Father’s Day Pledge, a commitment to take action. Among other speakers, Dr. Gary Cuccia shared his personal story and delivered the keynote address on preventing teen dating violence. Dr. Cuccia’s daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2007. Since then, Dr. Cuccia has advocated for …

A Silent Majority Helps No One

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By Kristy Trautmann Revolutions happen all the time. Scientific discoveries. Elections. Technical innovations. Diagnoses. Babies are born. Loved ones die. The world rearranges itself, sometimes in an instant, to appear fundamentally different. The preposterous becomes ordinary, as mundane as the ability to ask your phone a question and get a response laced with cheeky attitude. The ideas we leave behind become quickly anachronistic, like being unreachable when on vacation or in the car. It’s hard to imagine a past that was commonplace only a decade ago. Forty years ago, almost no one spoke about domestic violence or rape. Women were just beginning to gather around …

Dan Rooney Invites Coaches to Summit

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NOTE: this event has been postponed. We will update this site with information about the rescheduled summit as soon as possible. “A great coach empowers his athletes to develop from good players on the field to great men in the community.” Pittsburgh Steelers coaching assistant Dan Rooney invites high school coaches to attend the Coaching Boys Into Men Training Summit at Heinz Field. Read Dan’s letter here. The May 20 session will prepare attendees to implement CBIM this fall. Coaching Boys Into Men equips high school athletic coaches to help their male athletes build respectful relationships and prevent dating violence. To learn more about the summit and register to attend, …

Join the Steelers for a CBIM Training Summit

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NOTE: this event has been postponed. We will update this site with information about the rescheduled summit as soon as possible. Coaches are invited to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, FISA Foundation, and United Way of Southwestern PA for a free Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) training program at Heinz Field on Saturday, May 20. This session will prepare coaches to implement CBIM this fall. Coaching Boys Into Men equips high school athletic coaches to help their male athletes build respectful relationships and prevent dating violence. To learn more about the program, click here. When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Hyundai …