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Develop healthy, stable relationships with loved ones
Free of charge and
compensation for participation

$25 per session

6-15 men and 
1-2 facilitators per group

90 minute sessions

An evidence-based curriculum
Receive support &
Connect with Community
Spanish groups available
Grupos en Español disponibles




aims to center the experiences of men of color and provide an environment that is sensitive to both cultural strengths and experiences of oppression. Groups will be created with these concerns in mind. All races and ethnicities are welcome.

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This program was created in partnership with 

Dr. Maria Corona, Executive Director,

of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


ProACTIVE was developed by Dr. Amy Zarling, a clinic psychologist at Iowa State University (ISU) focusing on developing and evaluating programs to improve relationships and family health. 

Dr. Tera Jordan, a scholar of qualitative methods and community-based participatory research at ISU, will contribute her expertise to the evaluation of this project. 


The Advisory Board has been meeting monthly since May of 2022 to lend their expertise to the design and implementation of this program.

Dr. Benjamin C. Bell Jr., MA, PhD

Present Truth Ministries International

Dr. Chuka Emezue, PhD, MPH, MPA

Assistant Professor

Rush University

Courageous Fire

Social Entrepreneur

Courageous Fire LLC

Executive Director

Courageous Access

Izaah Knox

Executive Director

Urban Dreams

Iowa State Senator for District 17

Janice Lane Schroeder, LMSW

Chief Executive Officer

Children & Families of Iowa

Julian Neely, M.S.

United LEAGUE and LINC Director

United Way of Central Iowa

Michael Shaw

Assistant Director

Rape Victim Advocacy Program

Melissa Cano Zenaya

Executive Director 

Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer

Groups will be scheduled based on the availability of participants and facilitators with new groups beginning as interested participants sign up.

Questions? Please contact or 515.650.3692.

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