What’s Up with Manhood? scales-up an effective peer advocates for health program for adolescent males and incorporates a gender transformative curriculum that helps young men growing up in some of Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods think critically about “what it means to be a man” in their community.
Looking at their own life experiences through a “gender lens” will provide an understanding of how negative stereotypes of manhood can be harmful to their health and well-being and provide tools to examine the link between socially defined gender roles and violence in their daily lives.
Building upon two decades of work with vulnerable young men and women, Chicago-based Options for Youth, is joining with Promundo, a global leader in promoting gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls, to pursue mutual goals of greater gender equality among at-risk youth and greater freedom from violence through individual and community change.
Watch the WGN News – Channel 9 cover story on “Toxic Masculinity,” featuring OFY’s “What’s Up with Manhood” initiative, airing Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 9:00 pm.