Links for Leaders

Be sure to check out our links and services pages containing extra resources for further information and discussion.

These links offer a good starting point to other programs involving young men and boys:

Boys-Talk

Boys-Talk, written by Brook Friedman and illustrated by Kenton Miller, is an Australian personal development program for young men. It examines masculinity, non-violence and relationships. The Boys-Talk program is a practical guide for teachers, youth workers and parent groups to provide young men with support and options as they search for their own understanding of masculinity.

White Ribbon Day

The White Ribbon Foundation of Australia aims to eliminate violence against women by promoting culture-change around the issue. The major strategies to achieve this include a national media campaign and education and male leadership programs aimed at men and boys around Australia. There is a link to a school kit for running a white ribbon day in schools.

White Ribbon Canadian Schools Program – Campaign in a Box

The White Ribbon Campaign has developed a resource called Campaign in a Box, a set of fully interactive exercises designed to help teach and promote healthy, equal relationships among boys and girls. This link allows visitors to download the program.

DVRC (Vic)

DVRC (Domestic Violence Resource Centre) is a peak Victorian state-wide service which provides both assistance to people who have experienced abuse as well as education to improve services and government policy. It's a great website with practical resources for use with young people as well as offering training programs for group leaders. The Partners in Prevention Network provides useful links to national and international programs. DVRC also produced the highly acclaimed websites specifically for young people - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (on healthy relationships) and Bursting the Bubble (for young people experiencing family violence).

No To Violence

No To Violence (NTV), the Male Family Violence Prevention Association, is the Victorian state-wide peak body of organisations and individuals working with men to end their violence and abuse against family members. It provides education services for people working in the area and a telephone counselling and referral service for men who are wanting to change their behaviours.

SECASA - Respect, Protect, Connect - training manual

This 2005 manual is the latest edition from South East Centre Against Sexual Assault of a program which has guided workshops for over 10 years with 20,000 young men. It provides workshop ideas for either one-off sessions or extensive multiple sessions. It is designed for secondary school aged students and uses peer educators.

Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz is a leading American anti-sexist male activist. He is an author, film-maker and educator who has worked extensively in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, especially in both sports and military cultures. He has created and co-created educational videos and training notes, including "Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity" (2002) which can be reviewed and purchased via his website.

A seven minute YouTube clip introducing "Tough Guise" is a useful discussion starter for group work.

Katz's "Ten Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence" is a useful, practical and brief guide.

The YouTube channel titled "Ten Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence" is adapted from Katz's guide, containing clips demonstrating each of the ten ways to prevent gender violence. These clips have been created by sociology and women's studies students from Penn State University in the United States.

XY Online - XY: men, masculinities, and gender politics

XY is a website focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. XY is a space for the exploration of issues of gender and sexuality, the daily issues of men's and women's lives, and practical discussion of personal and social change.

Futures witbout violence

Futures without violence “works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.” This organisation has worked for over two decades and has a resourceful website, providing information on programs relating to Children and Families, Judicial, Global Prevention, Health Care, Immigrant women, Public Policy, Workplace and Teens.

Relationship Things – YWCA Canberra

Relationship Things is a free community resource produced by the YWCA Canberra. The program targets mixed youth groups with some single-gendered activities (14-16 and 16-18). The resources aim to “better equip young people with the tools to develop and maintain safe and respectful relationships”. The YWCA’s ‘Relationships Things’ program also has a training component, to “support youth workers to develop violence prevention programs for young people who are outside the mainstream school system”. For more information, visit the YWCA Canberra’s Relationship Things website

Step Back. Think

This is a site to represent Melbourne's youth as a voice against street violence. A video link personalizes the often tragic outcomes of street violence.

SECASA (South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault) Youth

SECASA Youth provides information about sexual assault and family violence for young people. The website contains key facts about sexual abuse and family violence; how to get help if you've been sexually assaulted; dealing with anxiety, depression and so on; how to keep safe nnd signs of a healthy relationship.

Cyberbullying Resources

The Victorian Education Department lists video links as curriculum aids to address cyberbullying. The Australian Government's Cybersmart website has information for children, teens, parents and schools about cyberbulling, sexting, offensive content and unwanted contact online, as well as how to deal with these issues. The American That's Not Cool website also has a lot of useful information.

Resources for working with groups of girls

This website addresses the needs of boys in particular. There are good resources also available for girls. Check out The Good, the Bad and the Ugly produced by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria who are an excellent source of information and relationship resources.

Resources for working with same sex attracted youth

Rainbow Network Victoria is a state-wide network for anyone who works with same sex attracted or gender questioning youth in community, health or school settings. It provides free resources, training and particular information for those working in schools.

Not So Straight is a 60 minute DVD which is a candid exploration of contemporary issues facing same sex attracted youth and is available from Resource Centre, Family Planning Victoria, ph 03 92570100