In schools all across the country, every day, young men and boys build relationships based on their notion of what it means to be a “real” man. They make choices that can put others and themselves at risk and contribute to a variety of devastating public health problems, such as teen dating violence, unplanned teen parenthood, and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection. In response, schools and communities across the country are implementing programs that reach out to young men as leaders and allies and that invite them to take up the challenge of ending men’s violence against women. This paper argues that young men can play a critical role in constructing a healthier world for women and men, a world free of violence and founded on principles of equity and compassion. The paper argues that schools have a critical role to play in making this happen.
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