Wise Guys was a 30+ year old award-winning program of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina that took a holistic approach in providing social and emotional learning to promote healthy relationships to teen males.
By engaging teen males in an interactive, participatory process that examined their values and goals for the future, Wise Guys gave young men a chance to rethink their understandings of manhood and masculinity focusing on the power of demonstrating care and respect for all genders.
Implemented in English and Spanish, Wise Guys has been with audiences across the country with diverse groups of males in a variety of settings: from schools, community and health centers to sports leagues, faith groups, and more serving more than 57,000 young men.
In 2023, the Wise Guys program was sunset as a new expanded offering of SYNC (Sexual Health for Youth in Care) program launched with the goal of providing free sexual health education for both out-of-home teens and the professionals who work with them.
With Health Education Trainers across the state, SYNC utilizes evidence-based approaches proven to reduce the prevalence of teen pregnancy, unhealthy relationships, and STI/STDs, while increasing self-awareness and empowering decision making – all needs that are more prevalent with youth in care.
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