Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is a national program that trains athletic coaches to use their influence to help high school male student athletes to build healthy relationships and prevent sexual and dating violence. Athletes As Leaders (AAL) is a similar program for high school athletes on girls’ sports teams. Over the course of an athletic season, CBIM and AAL coaches lead their players through brief weekly activities that address things such as personal responsibility, respectful behaviors, and relationship abuse with the focus of encouraging athletes to be leaders in changing peer norms and school climate to a culture of safety and respect. Both curriculums will be presented and participants will get an opportunity to see how one or both could be used with the teams they coach.
At the end of the course, students will:
- Better understand their role as a coach in influencing how young athletes can change peer norms and school climate.
- Recognize ‘teachable moments’ when they occur,
- Learn a common definition of teen dating violence.
- Understand how teen dating violence relate to school climate and culture.
- Learn how to gain support from all involved – administration, staff, parents, students, and community.
- Leave with resources for classroom activities, school policies, and building-wide strategies.