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UNI to host 'Coaching Boys to Men' webinar

December 3, 2012
Contact: 

Alan Heisterkamp, director, Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute, UNI Center for Violence Prevention, 319-273-3124, alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention will host a webinar, "Coaching Boys to Men," from 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10. The webinar will discuss trends in intimate partner violence among young adults and examine coaches’ and mentors’ role in preventing bullying and gender violence. Community members who work with young men in school, church youth groups, athletics or extracurricular activities are encouraged to attend.

"Boys and young men learn valuable life skills through their participation in sports and athletic competition, and typically develop loyal and strong bonds with their respective coaches," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute at UNI's Center for Violence Prevention. "Coaching Boys into Men is an evidence-based program delivered by coaches and mentors that teaches young male athletes that their strength and aggression on the playing field has no place in dating relationships and should never be used to hurt others." To download a free copy of the Coaching Boys into Men coaches' tool kit, go to www.coachescorner.org.

The webinar will introduce attendees to the Coaching Boys into Men program, which includes mini-lessons and guided questions that coaches can use to facilitate conversations with their athletes.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, contact Mark Rowe-Barth, Substance Abuse/Violence Intervention Services Coordinator, Wellness and Recreation Services, at mark.rowe-barth@uni.edu, Heisterkamp, at alan.heisterkamp@uni.edu or call 319-273-3054. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/cvp.