Coaching Boys into Men

In partnership with the Astros Foundation

Training coaches to mentor their players in building healthy relationships

Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men. Because of these relationships, coaches are poised to influence how young men think and behave, both on and off the field. Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is the only evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength.

AVDA trains and works with athletic coaches on the CBIM curriculum. The program requires just 15 minutes a week over a 12-week period and may take place during the season or during the off-season.

CBIM offers effective strategies and interactive scenarios based on the following topics to teach boys that violence never equals strength:

  • Personal responsibility
  • Insulting language
  • Disrespectful behavior towards women and girls
  • Digital disrespect
  • Understanding consent
  • Bragging about sexual reputation
  • When aggression crosses the line
  • There’s no excuse for relationship abuse
  • Communicating boundaries
  • Modeling respect and promoting equality
  • The Pledge.

Participants begin with a training workshop and receive all training materials, including the Coaches Kit, necessary to implement the CBIM program. As a result of this training, sports coaches will:

  • Better understand their role as a coach in influencing how young men treat women and girls;
  • Recognize “teachable moments” when they occur; and
  • Possess the tools to educate young men regarding dating violence.

Teams are encouraged to involve their fans, parents, faculty, other students and school administrators in support of CBIM’s message. By and large, athletes are often popular and influential leaders among their peers. The qualities of a successful athlete such as discipline, cooperation, and integrity are also the building blocks to becoming a respectful individual and a role model for others.

CBIM is a program of Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit organization that works to end violence against women, children and families around the world.

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