2015-09-18 / Community

Program to begin with SPHS

The United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women has awarded a grant of nearly $350,000 to Maine Boys to Men to engage boys and men as leaders in preventing violence against women in greater Portland.

Maine Boys to Men, in collaboration with Family Crisis Services and Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, will use these funds to extend the impact of its Reducing Sexism and Violence Program, an intensive leadership program that empowers participants to play a central role in ending gender-based harassment, abuse and violence.

Under the grant, Maine Boys to Men has partnered with Preble Street Teen Center to adapt and deliver Reducing Sexism and Violence Program to homeless boys and young men ages 13 to 24. In addition, Maine Boys to Men will use a portion of the grant to expand the delivery of the program within South Portland High School and engage the broader community through direct programming, public education and organizing activities. This initiative with South Portland will serve as a model to be replicated in other areas of the state.

“This grant award is fantastic news for greater Portland and all communities across Maine that are served by our programs,” said Matt Theodores, executive director, Maine Boys to Men. “This national award, along with an outpouring of local support, allows us to engage thousands of boys, girls, men and women to work together as allies to stop gender-based violence.”

Maine Boys to Men, Family Crisis Services and Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine are members of the Violence Prevention Network; a coalition of organizations committed to changing culture and preventing violence by working collaboratively in schools and across communities in Cumberland County.

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