Men Building Better Men

Facilitating youth engagement, education, and empowerment

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What does it mean to ‘be a man’ today?

How do we define masculinity? How can we end violence against women and girls? What does a healthy relationship look like? How do we talk about mental health with our friends and family?

At Next Gen Men, these are the questions we’re trying to answer.

Our nonprofit, after-school program for boys aged 12-14 years old disrupts the prevalent ideas and misconceptions about what it means to ‘be a man’ today. We move beyond the stereotypes and empower boys to be men who make a positive impact on their communities.

Engage

We foster a fun, safe, and welcoming space for boys to explore questions of masculinity, health, and relationships, and create lasting and meaningful friendships. We’re building a strong and supportive community that shares our values and vision.

Educate

We promote healthy masculinities and gender equality through our program pillars of Self, Health, and Other. We’re on a journey of lifelong learning, so that we can better support the next generation of boys and men.

Empower

We equip boys with the confidence, support, and tools they need to contribute to their communities in a positive way. In our programs, boys learn about the many ways to be a man and how they can become the best versions of themselves.

1 in 5

…young people in Canada live with mental disorders

70%

…of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence

510,000

…men die from suicide each year – that’s one every minute

2 in 3

…Canadians do not know what sexual consent means

50%

…of all women in Canada have experienced physical or sexual violence