Written by Ed Mills & members of the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (YWAT)
On November 2-3, 2007, fifteen young men gathered to participate in the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team’s Male Ally Training. The training was created by Ed Mills and members of the YWAT. Lillian Matanmi, a leadership team member of the YWAT, was the primary coordinator of this project.
This report summarizes what took place and indicates some of the training’s strengths and weaknesses. It also discusses the participants’ – both trainees and facilitators – written and oral feedback, and contains a brief appendix with some of the activities, evaluations and facilitators’ afterthoughts. The YWAT hopes that this report will be of assistance to other individuals and organizations seeking to create similar trainings.
The Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team has developed a toolkit titled “Where Our Boys At? Involving Young Men as Allies to End Violence against Girls.” In the toolkit, YWAT shares some of the resources (including curricula) that it has developed and perhaps even more importantly discusses the challenges and accomplishments of its three-year campaign. The toolkit can be found here!