Antonio Rice Works to Give Young Men New Models of Leadership and Masculinity
by Ariel DeLaRosa, Special Events and Social Media Coordinator Posted February 12, 2016
Antonio Rice, Violence Prevention Educator, wears orange in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. His sign says "I wear orange because together we can and will end violence against women and girls."
Allied Against Violence empowers young men to become strong leaders in their community. It also helps them understand the importance of healthy relationships, and most important, teaches them how to prevent violence against women. The first half of the program is heavily focused on training and teaching. A select group of participants is then chosen to strategize on public campaigns within their communities on how to prevent violence.
“Allied Against Violence is an important program for young men because they learn to recognize and take responsibility for patterns of hurtful behavior toward women,” said Antonio. “They also learn to resist the cultural pressure to be dominant males. Instead they support each other in developing new ways to create a healthier culture of masculinity.”
Antonio noted that YWCA’s mission to empower women includes working with men. “Working with young men goes hand in hand with what we do at YWCA,” he said. “They are learning to treat women and deal with their manhood in a mature and responsible manner.”