Wise Guys February 2020 Newsletter

Spotlight:  Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence works to be a leader in the movement to end violence against women and girls, men and boys – across the life span before violence has occurred – because violence is preventable.  Their work is to create healthy relationships and compassionate communities.  Their goal is to build the capacity of programs, organizations, and systems through learning communities to provide safe, compassionate, trauma-informed, inclusive and accessible services to adolescents and adults and their children exposed to violence and to increase offender accountability.

The Coalition’s beliefs are:

  • Inclusive and Diverse: All forms of oppression – including but not limited to patriarchy, sexism, racism, ableism, classism, ageism, adultism, heterosexism, and religions oppression – create a culture that enables violence to occur. We value inclusiveness and diversity and believe that the voices and experiences of all human beings are vital in preventing violence.
  • Catalytic Collaboration: No one organization offers all the solutions and we believe in forging new collaborations, coming together with a wide range of partners and creating new approaches.
  • Violence is Preventable: Violence is preventable and all individuals have the right to healthy, life-affirming relationships demonstrated by respect, trust, safety, equality, mutuality, individuality, support, acceptance, and caring and everyone has the right to live in a thriving compassionate community without fear or the threat of violence.
  • Capacity Building: Comprehensive, integrated and multi-disciplinary approaches that are well designed, and reflect and respond to diverse community needs and assets are essential.
  • Social Change: Everyone has the power to create change in prevention, intervention, and response to domestic violence, relationship abuse, stalking, and sexual assault. It is essential that the Idaho Coalition be a highly adaptive organization, receptive to outside signals, agile enough to change course, and flexible enough to respond to new opportunities in order to stay relevant, effective, and achieve social change.

Lack of male involvement in reproductive health is consistently cited as a significant risk factor for many negative outcomes.  Wise Guys is utilized to promote the development of skills and behaviors for young men to create healthier relationships and more promising futures.  Many of these adverse health outcomes can be either directly or indirectly linked to inequality and oppression.  Sites, where Wise Guys is implemented, include: Life’s Kitchen, Boise; Harmony House, Boise Ada, Canyon, and Elmore County Juvenile Corrections; Boise State University; Ada County Drug Court; Boys and Girls Clubs of Ava County; and YMCA Treasure Valley.

For more information, please visit their website at https://idvsa.org or contact Brian Lyda @ bryan@engagingvoice.org.

Did You Know?

Teen dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence. However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends.

  • About 1 in 11 female teens and 1 in 15 male teens reported experiencing physical dating violence in the last year.
  • About 1 in 9 females and 1 in 36 male high school students reported experiencing sexual dating violence in the last year.
  • 26% of women and 15% of men experienced intimate partner violence for the first time before age 18.
  • One of several effective strategies is to teach safe and healthy relationship skills to youth, including programming around social and emotional learning.
  • Other strategies include engaging boys as allies in prevention which can improve school climate and safety.

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teendatingviolence/fastfact.html


Upcoming Events

  • Wise Guys will be exhibiting at the upcoming Afterschool Hours National Conference in Orlando, FL on February 26th – February 29th, 2020.
  • For small organizations that need less than 5 Individuals trained to implement Wise Guys, we have online training options on:
  • March 19th and 20th – Wise Guys Online Training from 2 – 5 pm EST both days.
  • April 16th and 17th – Wise Guys Online Training from 2 – 5 pm EST both days.
  • For organizations that want 5 or more staff trained to teach Wise Guys, please contact Ted Sikes at (336) 553-9710 to discuss our In-Person Training options.


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