YWCA GameChangers is a unique program, conceived by YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley, that teaches boys and young men about healthy and unhealthy relationships, violence in relationships, skills for speaking out when they witness violence against women, and more. GameChangers sets itself apart by using a hands-on, group mentoring model to pair small groups of middle school boys with adult male mentors. By focusing on topics discussed less often, such as healthy masculinity, victim blaming and bystander intervention skills, GameChangers offers a well-rounded and thorough curriculum. Groups meet once a week for 14 weeks. Through strategic partnerships with schools, after-school programs, and youth-serving organizations, GameChangers provides boys and young men opportunities to learn lifelong skills, connect with peers, build positive relationships and form bonds with role models in their communities. Funding for GameChangers is granted by The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.
GameChangers is Proven to
- Increase knowledge about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
- Raise awareness about men’s ability and responsibility to prevent violence against women and girls. Increase willingness to intervene using safe bystander intervention skills.
- Decrease negative gender stereotypes.