|“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”|
|–Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981|
The value of a good mentor is immeasurable when it comes to being able to inspire and promote social norm change – particularly among men. By sharing their insight and knowledge, a mentor can increase the awareness to the magnitude of violence against women. A good mentor can advise, support and help mentees avoid feelings of incompetence and isolation. A good mentor introduces others to the collaborative efforts of men and women in reducing gender violence.
What you can do:
- Become familiar with the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program and the Bystander Model
- Volunteer to coach or supervise a youth sport or activity – check local resources for requests and openings
- Encourage the place you volunteer at to talk about violence prevention with coaches and mentors
- Join and/or Support the Iowa Men’s Action Network