COACHING BOYS INTO MEN

CBIM started as a public service campaign in 2001, and by 2008, it became a national curriculum for coaches to promote respect and prevent violence. (Video from CBIM's webpage.)

Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is a national program created by Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit dedicated to providing programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world. It consists of a series of trainings that coaches use with their players that illustrate ways to model respect and promote healthy relationships. 

The CBIM Card Series instructs coaches on how to incorporate themes associated with teamwork, integrity, fair play, and respect into their daily practice and routine. The ultimate goal of the program is to help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault. 

 

Coach John Blasco has been using CBIM with the Thunder Mountain High School basketball team in Juneau since 2009 and has seen a lot of success with the program. Here is an Op-Ed that he wrote about his experience with CBIM and a Snapshot from pre and post surveys that shows the program's impact on his players' attitudes and behaviors. 

 

CBIM is gaining momentum in Sitka, and in the fall of 2014, the student councils at both Sitka High School and Mt. Edgecumbe High School voted to support Coaching Boys into Men! It's exciting to see students showing support for this important program.

If you are interested in attending the next training in May 2017 or would like more information about the program in Alaska, contact our prevention team at vista@safv.org.

To connect with coaches from across Alaska, visit the CBIM Facebook page. For more information about the national program, visit the CBIM website.

This past December (2016), the MEHS co-ed wrestling team, led by Coach Mike Kimber, finished its second season of CBIM, supported by SAFV.  The aim of these conversations during practice is to promote a nonviolent, respectful environment for all.  As one of Sitka Pathways Coalition male engagement prevention programs, CBIM focuses on our goal of men working together as allies to end violence and acting as positive role models for young men.  Coach Kimber uses this program because he wants his athletes to be exceptional on and off the mat. Even his athletes, both male and female, see the positive differences that CBIM has made in regards to their team unity.

Coach Kimber (left) and his team (right) were recognized for their participation in CBIM at the team's pep rally this past December, where they also signed the CBIM pledge. 

“I just joined this year, but when you go onto the team, you feel more connected with them, so, yeah, I have seen them every day [teammates], and I still see them every day, but I feel like I can relate to them more than some of my friends that didn’t join wrestling.  Yeah, there’s just- I feel like there’s a bigger bond between wrestlers than there is between people that don’t go through this program."  
-MEHS Wrestler

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