Mentorship Program Makes An Impact On The Community Of Okeechobee, Florida
Martha’s House Domestic Violence Shelter and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) worked together to develop the Chobee Courage Project curriculum. The purpose of the program was to mobilize men and the boys that were mentored to take a stand against violence against women and girls through non-violent bystander intervention. This was accomplished through education and engagement of participants in mentoring relationships.
Mentors provided strategies and resources to build attitudes and behaviors in young men in the local community to encourage healthy and safe relationships. The overall goal of the project was to teach the young men in the community the importance of equality in relationships and that violence never equals strength.
The project was designed through focus groups, interviews, and community history. The grant was awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice.
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