The Boys Council is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys' and young men's safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years.
The program curriculum is based on the model developed by One Circle Foundation - The Council for Boys and Young Men.
The Boys Council program came out of Boys' World: Engaging Boys in the Development of Healthy Masculinities project. That project built on the research and community consultation conducted by Women's Network PEI and completed in March 2012. The research focused on building a community response that would help raise respectful, healthy boys who will be less likely to become involved in violent relationships with girls and women. The Boys World project developed and piloted programming curriculum for boys ages 9 - 14 that is strength-based, collaborative rather than competitive in program activities, works within the time-frames suited to schools and/or community groups, is cost-effective, culturally sensitive and accessible, and fun.
What About the Boys?
What About the Boys: Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of Developing Healthy Masculinity was a project designed to reduce violence against women and girls on Prince Edward Island by responding to the needs of Island boys. Understanding the needs and challenges PEI boys face would help us create a community response to raise respectful, healthy boys who will be less likely to become involved in violent relationships with girls and women.
A literature review and scan of resources and best practices was conducted along with community consultations and focus groups with men across the province from a wide socio-economic spectrum and boys between the ages of 10 and 14. Research findings were then presented and explored at the What About The Boys? conference, held in Charlottetown PEI on February 16th, 2012. This conference created an opportunity for an array of service providers and community members to come to together to learn from each other, as well as, to share their depth of knowledge and experience with all in attendance. Women's Network PEI took advantage of this opportunity to collect feedback about this topic, recommendations for future action and comments on several issues that arose from the community consultations and observations that have been made over the duration of this thought-provoking project. Conference participants also provided input to help us design and deliver programming for boys that enhance gender interactions and relationships.