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Organizations

There are several resources available on the web for those interested in the education, health, and well being of boys. Below are just a few organizations and individuals that offer information, activities, assistance, and support.

Advocates for Youth
Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.

After School Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today, yet the need for programs is far from being met.  

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing
The mission of American Assembly for Men in Nursing is to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, to discuss and influence factors which affect men as nurses.

Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Minority Male STEM Initiative
The overall objective of the M2 STEM Initiative is to design a means through which A۰P۰L۰U can most effectively engage A۰P۰L۰U member institutions in a comprehensive dialogue on the subject of minority males in STEM with the ultimate aim of providing leading public higher education institutions with the tools, information, and perspectives that will assist them in their practice in identifying, retaining, and graduating minority males in STEM fields

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Our mission is education. ARHP translates good science into practice by producing accredited, evidence-based programs for health care professionals across a broad range of topics. ARHP members are passionate about science and demand rigorous standards for peer-reviewed data in educational programs and integrity in patient care.

Black Youth Project.com
The Black Youth Project was a national research project launched in 2003 that examined the attitudes, resources, and culture of African American youth ages 15 to 25, exploring how these factors and others influence their decision-making, norms, and behavior in critical domains such as sex, health, and politics.Understanding the need to make this data available to a wider constituency beyond the academy Professor Cathy Cohen, the Black Youth Project’s principle investigator, decided to create an online hub for Black youth where scholars, educators, community activist, youth allies, and youth could access the study’s research summaries as well as have access to a plethora of resources concerning the empowerment and development of black youth.

Boy Scouts of America 
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America
The mission of the Boys and Gils Clubs of America is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boys' Learning
There are many practical suggestions for teaching boys on this website

The Boys Project
An organization dedicated to helping young men, "increase academic skills, to increase college success, and to develop the confidence, drive, and determination to contribute to American society."

Boys to Men
The Mission of Boys To Men is to reduce interpersonUSal violence by offering programs that:
  • Support the healthy development of adolescent boys
  • Provide assistance and educational resources to boys and those who help raise them
  • Increase community awareness about the specific needs of boys.
BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring
BAM! was founded by three Portland, Oregon area counseling professionals having over thirty years of combined experience working with boys and their families. Through this direct experience and extensive research, they came to see that many of boys' difficulties arise from limited relational abilities in an increasingly relational world. Noting a lack of resource material on the subject, they discussed practical methods for developing these skills, and subsequently developed the BAM! Group Guidebook.

BullyingInfo.Org
US government website

Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, George Washington University 
The Center for Health and Health care in Schools supports the good health of children and adolescents by working with parents, teachers, health professionals and school administrators to strengthen successful health programs at school.

City Year
At City Year's 21 locations across the United States, teams of diverse young people called corps members serve full-time in schools for 10 months working to improve student attendance, behavior and course performance in English and math.

Coalition for Community Schools
The Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership, is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks. 

Columbia University Medical Center
New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital 

Education Nation
Education Nation is NBC News' initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.

Education Sector
Independent education policy think tank. Produces original research and policy analysis and promotes work by respected education analysts.

Edutopia
The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

The Foundation for Male Studies
The Foundation for Male Studies actively funds, advocates and creates programs on male studies in universities and colleges across the nation.

The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.

Fulfillment Fund
As a college access organization, the Fulfillment Fund provides first-generation, low-income students with the support necessary to graduate from high school and go on to college. Through classroom instruction, college counseling, mentoring and scholarships, we transform the lives of students, beginning in high school and extending to college graduation. Our impact spans beyond the students we serve directly. They, in turn, influence siblings, peers and their community by becoming role models, volunteers, mentors and donors.

The Future of Children
The Future of Children is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. The mission of The Future of Children is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy. The project publishes two journals and policy briefs each year, and provides various short summaries of our work. Topics range widely – from income policy to family issues to education and health – with children's policy as the unifying element. The senior editorial team is diverse, representing two institutions and multiple disciplines.

Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families
GCYF serves as a point of contact for grantmakers seeking collegial and collaborative relationships with other funders concerned with children, youth, and families. GCYF is not a grantmaking institution.

The Gurian Institute
Founded in 1996, the Gurian Institute is a network of gender experts who help professionals increase student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and parent involvement. Products and services are targeted to Early Childhood and Head Start professionals, K - 12 schools, and community and mentoring agencies. The Institute has trained more than 50,000 teachers and staff in more than 2,000 schools and districts.

Harvard Children’s Hospital Boston, Division of Adolescent /Young Adult Medicine  
The Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive primary care and specialty care to patients, ages 10 to 23 years old.

It Gets Better
In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better. Two months later, the It Gets Better Project (TM) has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring nearly 10,000 user-created videos and over 30 million views.

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies works to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination, with the goal of improving the socioeconomic status of African Americans and other people of color, expanding their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas, and promoting communications and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.

Kid Culture in the Schools
Creating gender-friendly schools. We offer three PowerPoint presentations: Teaching to Gender Differences in Brain Development for educators, Raising Good Sons for parents, and How Boys Are Shortchanged in the Schools for high school students.

MensENews
The mission of MensENews.org is to keep readers apprised of up-to-date news and information in order to help promote the health and well being of men, boys, and their families.

Men's Health: Teens and young adults
Teens and young adults face many emotional and physical changes. How young men deal with these changes can affect their health — both now and in the future. Young men need to make choices in many areas, from drugs to sex and from driving to doctor's visits. Smart choices matter. They can help young men feel strong, look good, and achieve their goals in school, sports, and more.

Mens Health Network
Men's Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.

Menstuff
Menstuff.org is the starting point for information for and about men on the web. Menstuff is an educational web site which serves a diverse mens community. Menstuff has 65 columnist reporting on a weekly or monthly basis. Menstuff lists thousands of on-site men's book reviews & covers, men's resources and hyperlinks and hundreds of events, periodicals and groups. It provides information on hundreds of men's issues regarding positive change in male roles and relationships including kidstuff, teenstuff, abuse, violence, and spirituality.

National Association for Single Sex Public Education
NASSPE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002, dedicated to the advancement of single-sex public education for both girls and boys. NASSPE has three major missions:
  • To provide professional development opportunities for teachers, sharing the latest research about different teaching strategies for girls and boys.
  • To serve as a resource for teachers, parents and administrators considering single-sex educational programs.
  • To provide a clearinghouse for relevant facts and information about public schools and classrooms in the United States, as well as to promulgate new research.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults. We support a combination of responsible values and behavior by both men and women and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors.

The National Organization for Men
Dedicated to the fair treatment of men and women in education, the workplace, public policy, healthcare, family law and the media.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults. We support a combination of responsible values and behavior by both men and women and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors.

This information about organizations that address male issues was collected by the National Campaign in partnership with the Center for Policy Research (CPR).
Northern Health
We believe that healthier men will help to build healthier families and communities in Northern BC. We have put this page together to support the discussions that may follow the recently released report Where are the Men: Chief Medical Health Officer's Report on the Health and Well-being of Men and Boys in Northern BC.

Office of Adolescent Health
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) coordinates adolescent health promotion and disease prevention programs and initiatives across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OAH was established through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Reclaiming Futures
Reclaiming Futures helps young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. In 2001, with a $21 million investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10 founding communities located throughout the United States began reinventing the way police, courts, detention facilities, treatment providers, and the community work together to meet this urgent need. 

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The core values that define SPTS and its founding board are:
  • Passionate commitment to the value of life
  • Belief in the effectiveness of evidence-based suicide prevention strategies
  • Dedication to removing public stigma about suicide
  • Conviction that accurate information and education about suicide can save lives
  • Many organizations and groups around the country are dedicated to youth suicide prevention
One of the things that makes SPTS unique, however, is its combination of business savvy and knowledge of evidence-based mental health practices. This has enabled SPTS to work quickly, efficiently, and decisively to develop and implement youth suicide prevention programs at both the state and national level. Our long-term vision is to become an international resource for youth suicide awareness and prevention programs that reflect our core values.

Stop Bullying Now
U.S. government website on bullying

Young Mens Health Site
Youngmenshealthsite.org (YMH) is a website produced by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. The purpose of the website is to provide carefully researched health information to teenage boys and young men.

Please Note: The Boys Initiative provides the following resources as a public service. The Boys Initiative is not responsible for the content displayed on any of the websites listed. The posting of an organization/resource/individual does not necessarily represent endorsement of a linked website, their contents, information, and any products or services they may provide. These links do not imply The Boys Initiative sponsorship, association or affiliation. The Boys Initiative reserves the right to remove a resource at any time and for any reason.

Youth Transitions Funders Group
The Youth Transition Funders Group is a network of grantmakers whose mission is to help all youth make a successful transition to adulthood by age 25.

Most young people make a safe passage from adolescence to adulthood with the support of their families, caring adults, communities, and schools. However, youth with few supports – such as teens aging out of the foster care system, youth who don't finish high school, or youth in the juvenile justice system – need help to find the right path to success.