Youth Program FAQ

Men and boys have a positive role in addressing gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against women (VAW). In order to be effective, we start by looking at masculinities. There are many ways to be a man, and we are shaped by our families, cultures, the media. What aspects of masculinity pressure us to use violence? What is it like to experience violence as a boy or a man? What aspects of masculinity support us to build healthy relationships? You will learn activities that invite young men to critically examine what it means to "act like a man" and celebrate masculinity that is empathetic, caring, courageous and committed.

We will look at the importance of healthy boundaries and practicing consent in all areas of life. Learn to appropriately teach the skills that young men need to give and get consent that is ongoing, mutual and exciting in intimate relationships.

You will learn to identify forms of GBV and VAW common in Ottawa. How can we skillfully prevent them from happening, or intervene when they do? You will learn how to coach young men to expand their defininition of violence beyond physical and sexual violence to include the subtler forms of violence. 

Training will include presentations from OCTEVAW staff, a panel of local VAW experts, group discussion, self-reflection, role playing and case studies that help you apply MANifest Change tools to the needs of your clients.

Our aim is to equip as many men as possible to act as positive role models to younger men and boys. You should have a good rapport with your male clients, the ability to self-reflect on your own masculinity, and model healthy boundaries.

Young men also need to have conversations about gender and masculinity with women and gender non-conforming folks in their lives.  We encourage people of all genders to join the training and support young men's growth as allies to women, girls and LGBTTQ+ people.

Ongoing conversations about masculinity and gender-based violence between older and younger men are a vital part of the MANifest Change model. You might have male volunteers, or young men who have “graduated” out of your programming and become informal leaders, attend the training and deliver MANifest Change programming with the support of women and gender non-conforming staff.

If you offer group programming, we may be able to draw on volunteer MANifest Change community facilitators to deliver workshops on Consent Culture, Masculinities and Bystander Skills to the young men in your programs.

We can come to you on your schedule - we do on-site trainings for six or more staff. If your agency has fewer than six staff, we may be able to include trainees from other agencies.

The training is approximately 21 hours, which can be delivered in three consecutive days, or six half days or evenings. Please contact the Coordinator as early as possible to discuss scheduling.

There is no cost for on-site training, however, your agency is responsible for providing an appropriate venue and refreshments for trainees.

MANifest Change's work with youth-serving organizations is funded by Crime Prevention Ottawa, and covers the costs of all training and support to Ottawa agencies. Agencies outside Ottawa may

  1. Send staff to one of our Ottawa-based trainings; travel and accommodations are at your expense (we do not ask for training fees), or
  2. Book an on-site training at your agency ($1200/day x 3 days = $3600, plus travel and accommodation expenses).

We have found that the training alone is not sufficient to effectively deliver the program over time, and that follow-up coaching and support is essential. We provide one day of coaching and support (in-person or remote) for $1200, plus any travel expenses.

Through a brief interview with a Program Manager, OCTEVAW staff will become acquainted with your program delivery model as that the Facilitator  Training will address your clients’ needs. During training, we will look for ways to integrate MANifest Change content and practices into your existing program, or staff may plan a stand-alone program.

Once training is complete, OCTEVAW staff will check in with each agency to confirm your plan to deliver the programming. You may choose to integrate MANifest Change into one-to-one counselling sessions, social events, a 5 session psycho-educational workshop series, an extended 10 week leadership development series, a weekend retreat or another format that fits your clients’ needs. Where appropriate, OCTEVAW staff will assist in using a validated pre/post survey tool to evaluate the program's impact. OCTEVAW staff support youth workers in their planning and delivery by connecting them to resources, co-facilitating their first workshop session (if applicable), and debriefing. Thanks to Crime Prevention Ottawa, this support is available until March 31, 2018.

MANifest Change is male-focused programming that is connected to women’s and LGBTTQ+ leaders’ expertise in gender-based violence. Your agency may have in-house GBV expertise, or open lines of communication to a VAW agency. If not, your agency may choose to participate in OCTEVAW’s standing committee on Justice, send staff to a VAW-focused learning event, or complement MANifest Change programming with training from a VAW expert in your scope of practice.