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What Is CBIM?

A program of Futures Without Violence, Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is the only evidence-based violence prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes in healthy relationship skills, mental health practices, and that violence never equals strength through 12 weekly discussions. By leveraging the power of sports, coaches, and community Advocates, CBIM can transform the culture of our teams, schools, and communities.

Guiding Principles of CBIM

The Power of Sports

Sports have tremendous influence in our culture and in the lives of young people. The principles of teamwork and fair play that are central to athletics make sports an ideal platform to teach healthy relationship skills.

Strong Partnerships Foster Success

CBIM is most successful when coaches and staff from local domestic or sexual violence prevention agencies have strong partnerships.

Building Leadership, Transforming Norms

CBIM has been proven to positively impact athletes’ ability to intervene when witnessing abusive or disrespectful behavior. As leaders themselves, athletes are given the tools and vocabulary they need to stand up for respect and influence their school’s culture.

Coach as Leader

As influencers and role models, coaches are uniquely poised to deliver CBIM. They are central to CBIM’s success.

How CBIM works

  1. 1

    Get Trained

    Get Trained

    Advocates receive certification training from FUTURES to in-turn recruit and train coaches to facilitate CBIM.

  2. 2

    Build Partnerships

    Build Partnerships

    Advocates build community partnerships and then host a 2-hour “Coaches Clinic” to train coaches.

  3. 3

    Program Delivery

    Program Delivery

    Coaches deliver CBIM, including its twelve, 15-minute discussions with youth/athletes during the season, making sure to lean on Advocates for support.

  4. 4

    Reflect & Plan for Season 2

    Reflect & Plan for Season 2

    Advocates evaluate program outcomes and prepare for season 2 and beyond!

CBIM 101 Webinars

The 101 Webinar Series is a great resource for those seeking an introduction or a refresher in the CBIM model. Also check out recordings from CBIM’s monthly Learning Collaborative which address emerging program topics.

Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) is a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.

For more than 30 years, FUTURES has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.

FUTURES believes that men can use their positive influence as fathers, educators, coaches, and policymakers to challenge the attitudes and beliefs that support violence.