What if our children could live in an environment with no interpersonal violence?
Some may say sports is violent and supports the cultural messages our children get of violence and gender inequity. We have chosen to harness the influential sports platform to make a difference for youth in how they interpret the mixed messages in our culture. Building on many of the character development aspects of coaching, our on-line courses, Coaching for Change, provide coaches of boys and girls athletics the information and skills necessary to understand the prevalence of interpersonal violence and explores the social norms and messaging which contribute to this environment of harm. The course also illustrates courageous conversations and teaching moments coaches can utilize to positively influence both boys and girls to create a team environment which supports gender equity and respect. In turn, these youth can become leaders to their peers in respectful relationships and attitudes. Coaches are also provided resources so that, if they should encounter a youth needing more help, they are comfortable with the process and the resources to get that youth help.
Course are available for boys and girls high school coaches as well as community coaches for girls and boys ages 10 - 14.
These courses are available free of charge and are most effective when they are part of a school or organization's required learning, as our state high school league has done. We can also make use agreements with individual community athletics organizations or regional networks who are interested in incorporating the training into their organizational practices and posting it on their websites.
As our youth watch and learn about responsible attitudes and behaviors in adults, they can incorporate these same principles into their everyday lives.