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10 Must-Know Organizations Promoting Healthy Masculinity

The Divine Masculine is at work.

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In a previous post, I highlighted 10 healthy masculinity advocates worth following. In the same spirit of gratitude and admiration, I would like to feature 10 outstanding organizations promoting healthy masculinity. It was not easy to select only 10, yet, each of them hold a special place in my heart.

My goals for publishing this piece are twofold:

  • First, I want to modestly contribute to raise the awareness of these organizations: the divine masculine is at work and deserves to be celebrated.
  • Second, I would love for you to show your support. Many of them are non-profits and often struggle for financing their mission. There are many ways to help: you can make a donation, attend an event or a workshop, make a purchase, or simply follow them on social media and help them spread their message.

Without further ado here are my 10 favorite organizations promoting healthy masculinity.

1. Promundo

Promundo is a global leader in promoting gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. Their research, programs, and advocacy efforts show that promoting healthy masculinity leads to improvements in men’s own lives, and in the lives of women and girls.

Why you should support them:

Since its founding in Brazil in 1997, Promundo has worked in collaboration with partners to advance gender equality and prevent violence in over 40 countries around the world through high-impact research and evaluation, targeted advocacy efforts, and evidence-based educational and community-wide program implementation. As of 2017, they have reached nearly 10 million individuals. This includes over 4,500 health professionals, over 22,000 education professionals, over 1,400 members of the police and military, and nearly 300 government officials. Major organizations including the United Nations, World Bank, the World Health Organization, and national governments have supported their cause by working jointly on our initiatives or by adopting our programs and rolling them out in other communities around the world.

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2. A Call to Men

A Call to Men is a violence prevention organization and respected leader on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls. They educate men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood. Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and many other social ills.

Why you should support them:

The work and the credentials of A Call to Men are stellar. They have 20+ years of experience working with and training men, from the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, to the United States Military, the Department of Justice and the United Nations. They have an impressive roaster of celebrity supporters including, Gloria Steinem, Tarana Burke, and Christopher Meloni. The Ted Talk of A Call to Men founder’s Tony Porter has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the top 10 Ted Talks every man should see

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3. Inside Circle

Inside Circle is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the inner personal growth of men in prison. The goal of Inside Circle is to provide a space for prisoners to work and explore the issues in their lives that have prevented them from living up to their full potential as human beings. During weekly support groups and periodic intensive trainings, the inmates and volunteer staff create a safe environment where the inmates can tell the hard truths about their lives and discover the true motivation behind their destructive behavior.

Why you should support them:

The statistics on prisoner recidivism are heartbreaking. According to a study from the Bureau of Justice statistics, which monitored 400,000+ released state prisoners over a nine-year period, 68% were arrested within 3 years; 79% within 6 years; and 83% within 9 years. What Inside Circle is doing is nothing short than a gift to humanity. Their mission has been documented in the great film The Work, which will shake you to your core if you want to take a closer to to their work. One of their main facilitators, Eldra Jackson III, was recently released from prison and delivered a poignant Ted Talk about masculinity.

Website | Facebook | Youtube

 

4. The ManKind Project

The ManKind Project is men’s community for the 21st Century. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of proven success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of free peer-facilitated men’s groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity, and service.

Why you should support them:

The Mankind Project have been pioneers in the creation and development of “men’s groups” in the United States and all over the world. Created in 1984, with a global network of organizations with presence in 22 countries, they are one of the best established non-profit organization promoting healthy masculinity through men’s group. They support a global network of over 1,000 peer-facilitated men’s groups serving close to 10,000 men each week. The Mankind Project has recently been featured in BuzzFeed’s Netflix show, Follow this and in the New York Times.

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5. Evryman

Evryman is a benefit corporation that brings men together to exercise their emotions so they can lead more successful, fulfilling lives. Evryman proposes retreats, coaching and events. They aspire to support one million men over the next five years through a community of men deeply committed to emotional wellness.

Why you should support them:

From the words of one of their founders in a recent Instagram post, Evryman has grown exponentially in the past few months. The organization offer many options for men to engage, connect and heal: from retreats, expeditions, coaching, Men’s groups to an awesome podcast, Evryman seems to hit all the right notes. They have received major coverage notably in The Joe Rogan Experience, The New York Times, Men’s Health and the Today Show.

Website | PodcastFacebook | TwitterInstagram | Youtube

 

6. Sacred Sons

Sacred Sons is co-stewarding the return of the father archetype to this planet through men’s gatherings, circles, and trainings. They help men heal and awaken to their true power.

Why You should support them:

I stumbled upon the message of Sacred Sons on Instagram and instantly felt connected to the vibes. I like their approach bridging ancient wisdom, the archetypes, psychology, spirituality and technology. The following statement from their website particularly resonated: “Men supporting men in embodying healthy masculinity to be a force of love, strength, and unity.”

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube

 

7. The Cave of Adullam

The Cave of Adullam is a Transformational Training Academy (CATTA) based in Detroit Michigan where boys who are emotionally distressed, mentally discontented and spiritually in debt, gather here to be trained and transformed into comprehensive men of the Most High.

Why You should support them:

I first heard from The Cave of Adullam by watching a viral video of an interaction between founder and martial art teacher Jason Wilson and one of his student. During the test, as Jason Wilson guide his student breaking through emotional barriers, he candidly explained to him that crying was a natural thing to do for men. I found the teaching session profound and touching. I am absolutely in love with their mission and the way they involve dads in the training of the boys. You should also follow Jason Wilson on Instagram.

Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | Youtube

 

8. The Man Cave

The Man Cave is a preventative mental health and emotional intelligence organization for boys and young men. They work with schools to deliver transformational and empowering camps, workshops and keynote presentations.

Why You should support them:

Based in Australia, The Man Cave presents a comprehensive approach and an extensive offering. I truly love the fact that their work is preventive and focused on the youth. Modeling healthy masculinity and fostering emotional intelligence at a young age will pay dividends in the future. They have a great website and their Instagram account is stellar.

Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | Vimeo

 

9. Next Gen Men

Next Gen Men is a Canada based non-profit organization dedicated in building better men through peer engagement, education, and empowerment in schools, communities, and workplaces. Their sister social enterprise, Equity Leaders, is specifically dedicated to engaging men in gender equity in workplaces.

Why you should support them:

I learned from Next Gen Men from their podcast, The Modern Man Podcast, which is, in my opinion, one of the best modern masculinity podcast out there. I really like the fact that the organization is integrated and manage to produce quality content and engage young boys, and men in their lives and at work.

Website | Podcast | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | Youtube

 

10. Brothers

Brothers is a global movement that seeks to empower and inspire boys and men to create authentic and wholesome friendships, as well as combat damaging cultural influences that can hinder them from doing so.

Why you should support them:

What drowned me to this Australia based organization is the main focused of their mission: building healthy platonic male friendships. Loneliness is ruthless and middle-aged men are the first victims. When I shared my anxiety attack episode, I realized how isolated I felt. The truth is Loneliness is killing millions of American men. In an article for the New Republic titled “The Lethality of Loneliness,” Judith Shulevitz writes “Emotional isolation is ranked as high a risk factor for mortality as smoking.” Building authentic male friendships is a necessity today, and Brothers help fill that painful void.

Website | Podcast | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube

 

Which one did I miss? If there is one or more organizations promoting healthy masculinity you would like to recommend, please reach out to me on Instagram


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