Engaging Masculinities Prevention Project

The Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence has created the Engaging Masculinities Prevention Project, which includes direct education to all genders, but targeted at boys, men, and masculine-identified people, with a strong, special focus on Asian communities and LGBTQ+ youth* in the Greater Boston area.

Through a series of workshops, we offer a curriculum specifically designed for two audiences: youth and mentors. Mentors of youth include educators, athletic coaches, youth workers, parents, healthcare providers, and other adults who work directly with young people. The workshop curricula have been carefully developed by Asian youth who are predominantly male and masculine-identified, who have a clear and deep understanding of their communities.

The Prevention Project workshops hope to equip adult mentors with the skills to serve as role models and social influencers of young people, particularly male and masculine-identified youth. ATASK seeks to provide tools and resources for workshop participants to be active bystanders, allies, and influencers of other men, boys, communities, and institutions, and play a role in preventing violence against women, girls, men, boys, and all genders.

We offer three (3) workshops for youth and three (3) workshops for adult mentors covering such topics as:

  • causes, prevalence, and impact of domestic and teen dating violence;
  • impact and pressures of traditional gender norms and healthy alternatives;
  • an exploration into redefining masculinity that is healthy, expansive, and loving;
  • creating safer spaces to discuss gender identities and reimagine gender justice;
  • skills to develop healthy relationships; and
  • ways to be active bystanders and allies in domestic violence prevention.

Contact us for more information and learn how you can host a workshop at your school, college, youth program, community center, hospital, health center, or workplace. 

Jennifer Ho
Director of Education and Outreach
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617-338-2350 x244

*NOTE: LGBTQ+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, with the addition sign (+) representing the many gender and sexual identities not specifically named by letter.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-X0540-MA-CY awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.