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.
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.
CBIM is most successful when coaches and staff from local domestic or sexual violence prevention agencies have strong partnerships.
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.
As influencers and role models, coaches are uniquely poised to deliver CBIM. They are central to CBIM’s success.
Advocates receive certification training from FUTURES to in-turn recruit and train coaches to facilitate CBIM.
Advocates build community partnerships and then host a 2-hour “Coaches Clinic” to train coaches.
Coaches deliver CBIM, including its twelve, 15-minute discussions with youth/athletes during the season, making sure to lean on Advocates for support.
Advocates evaluate program outcomes and prepare for season 2 and beyond!
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.
Read more about CBIM’s development and impact in New Jersey, led by Gateway Community Action Partnership and Cape Assist
The Coaching Boys Into Men curriculum is now enhanced with new positive mental health content for coaches to deliver to their athletes. Click here to check it out!
The CBIM curriculum has recently been adapted for college-level implementation under a new name - CLEAR (Coaching Leadership Equity and Respect). To view the adapted card series and additional college-specific supplemental cards, click here.
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.LEARN MORE