“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
- Barack Obama
"As SAFE Men we commit to transforming the role of men in helping to ended gender-based violence by building a continuing knowledge, engaging with our communities, and empowering younger generations to advocate for a safer future."
SAFE Men, 2019
What is the SAFE Men Program?
The SAFE Men Program is designed to empower passionate men to create positive change around gender based violence in their communities. In today’s world many men see the need to take action and help but do not feel that they have the tools to do so. SAFE Men gives participants the tools to create the change that our communities so desperately need. The SAFE Men program selects 10 participants each year to undergo the training to become a “SAFE Man”. During the program, participants will receive training on gender based violence, gender based violence in our community, and community change. As well as intensive training, each “SAFE Man” will develop a project to create change, however big or small, in their community surrounding gender based violence. Albany County has so many men that are devoted and energized in the fight to end gender based violence. SAFE Project is excited to have men throughout the community join our team to create a safer community for everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions
The SAFE Men Program lasts for one year (January-December). During the year each participant in the program will be expected to attend monthly meetings. These meetings will typically be scheduled for the same time (i.e. the third Thursday of every month).
At the conclusion of the year long program, each participant will graduate as a SAFE Men alumni. They will always hold that title as they have had the training and done the work to be considered a “SAFE Man” in our community.
Each participant in the program will complete a project during the year. This project is completely participant directed. This could look like doing fundraising for gender based violence programs, implementing trauma informed protocols in their work place, an education campaign, or many other options. Participants will have a chance to work with others in the program as well as the program facilitator to brainstorm and develop their project.