Rebecca Scirocco, Wellness Consultant, is delivering a pilot program in Sipeknekatik at L’nu Sipuk Kina’muokuom called Maine Boys to Men, RSVP (Reducing Sexism and Violence Program). Rebecca went to Maine in October to train to become a facilitator for the program.
The mission of the Maine Boys to Men is to reduce interpersonal violence, specifically male violence against women and girls, and support the development of emotionally fluent, civically engaged boys. It addresses the development of boys in the context of their relationships, socialization process, and cultural environments.
The program is currently being delivered to LSK boys in grades 7-9. There are 15 boys enrolled. The program runs for 4 weeks, for 1 hour long during class time. The next school it will be delivered to will be Membertou School. The goal is to bring this program to all of our MK communities and also train a few more facilitators in 2020-2021.
Some of the content includes teaching the boys about empathy, consent, and gender norms. The program is experiential and engaging. The content is designed to fuel
conversation with the group, and share stories of their experiences.