The SAFE Men Program lasts for one calendar year (January-December). During the year, each participant in the program will be expected to attend monthly meetings. These meetings currently take place from 7pm-9pm on the third Tuesday of each month.
Other optional training or enrichment opportunites may become available during the year for SAFE Men participants, including the Campfire Initiative's Men Speak event, a summit on addressing and preventing gender-based violence with speakers from around the country, and potentially more.
Each participant in the program will complete a project during the year, which will be completely participant-directed. Funding is available for projects that are directed at children, youth, and/or young adults and enhance prevention of gender-based violence, intervention, and/or response efforts.
SAFE Men are encouraged to draw on their current skills or community relationships for their projects, such as within their existing workplaces or through their involvement with established community programs or areas of interest such as youth services, schools, sports programs, mentorship opportunities, parenting groups, faith-based communities, etc.
Project ideas might be an education or awareness campaign or event, creating and implementing a prevention activity, adding trauma informed protocols around gender-based violence in their workplace, and much more. Participants will have a chance to work with other men in their program as well as program facilitator Maquella and WCADVSA's Prevention Specialist Bob to brainstorm, develop, and implement their project.
At the conclusion of the year long program, each participant will graduate as a SAFE Men alumni with the tools and training to to serve as role models, positive influencers, change agents, leaders and/or mentors who are able to address and prevent gender-based violence. Graduates will always hold the title of SAFE Men alumni as they have had the training and done the work to be considered a “SAFE Man” in our community.