Seth Mika, Resilience’s Men as Allies Coordinator, is responsible for programs that engage boys and men in violence prevention work, as part of our Ottawa County Call to Action Project. He tells us, “I am extremely excited to work alongside the amazing staff at the Center to engage boys and help them feel empowered to be their authentic selves.”

Seth is collaborating with administrators and coaches at Spring Lake  High School and West Ottawa High School to implement prevention programming. This includes Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) from Futures Without Violence; and A CALL TO MEN’S curriculum LIVERESPECT Coaching Healthy & Respectful Manhood. Both programs include additional educator training, parent programming, and school-wide events.

Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) equips athletic coaches with necessary resources to teach young male athletes the importance of respectful relationships. Coaches facilitate 20-minute weekly conversations with their athletes about personal responsibility, digital disrespect, consent, and relationship abuse. CBIM has been proven to positively affect male athletes’ willingness to hold peers accountable and reduce dating violence.

LIVERESPECT is a nine-lesson character building program for middle and high school boys that decreases dating violence and bullying. Mentors engage boys in 45-minute lessons starting with the “Man Box” exploring society’s gender rules and stereotypes, the impact of these rules, and what healthy manhood looks like.

Additionally, Seth is actively working to recruit and train a diverse team of leaders for a men’s Call to Action Team. We are reaching out to men with event planning or teaching experience, who are extremely passionate about this work, and ready to be positive role models to boys ages 11-18. For more information, please contact Seth at SethM@resiliencemi.org or 616-494-1748.