Who is Next Gen Men?
Next Gen Men is the product of Jason’s advocacy, Jake’s vision, and Jermal’s mission (if you work with us, your name must begin with a J – for example JDavid is acceptable). We are a motley crew connected by the “small world” we live in, but what we have in common is the simple belief that men can be better. We aim to engage, educate, and empower men around us to be the best version of themselves.
Meet Our Team
JERMAL ALLEYNE, Program Director
As Next Gen Men’s Program Director, Jermal is the primary facilitator for our after-school programs and works closely with our parents, schools, and community partners. Get in touch with Jermal if you are interested in bringing Next Gen Men to your school or community!
Jermal has many years of experience working with youth and holds an honours degree in Public Health from Brock University. Jermal is full of surprises – he used to be in his high school chess club and he loves all kinds of music from country to hip-hop! Jermal’s commitment to Next Gen Men’s mission comes from both his professional background in public health and youth work, as well as supporting his family through personal experiences with mental health issues.
JAKE STIKA, Executive Director
As Next Gen Men’s Executive Director, Jake leads the expansion and growth of Next Gen Men as an organization and a movement. Get in touch with Jake if you want to talk partnerships and collaborations!
Jake has a Bachelor’s in International Commerce and Global Development. Having grown up as an immigrant in Canada as well as having lived in Brazil, Germany, and the Czech Republic in recent years, Jake has a global perspective on community development and social innovation. Jake believes himself to be a reconnection entrepreneur and is less interested in symptoms, but rather underlying causes. His vision for Next Gen Men comes from observing society today and wondering how to effect change at a young age for a better tomorrow.
JASON TAN DE BIBIANA, Research and Evaluation Director
As Next Gen Men’s Research and Evaluation Director, Jason leads the evaluation of all our programs, supports our facilitation team, and leads our advocacy efforts and social media outreach. Get in touch with Jason if you want to talk about the latest news and research in gender and masculinities!
Jason completed his graduate studies at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health and has experience in research, program evaluation, and creative facilitation for mental health, sexual health, youth leadership and development, and gender equity in Canada, Jamaica, and the United States. Jason loves how music, art, and stories can bring people together and start a conversation… and also thinks statistics and research design are pretty cool too. Jason is committed to social justice and building a strong and supportive network and community that shares Next Gen Men’s values and vision.
STEFAN MONTALBETTI, Program Facilitator
Stefan brings a unique skill set to his role as Program Facilitator and is committed to aiding boys and men in developing the ‘tools’ to confront the daily issues of 21st century masculinity through practicing communication, role-play, and visualization.
Stefan is a qualified educator with a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as eight years of experience working with groups of youth and children in classroom, recreation and camp settings. Originally from Saskatoon, Stefan has been on a mission to experience all corners of our beautiful country, in an attempt to grasp the diverse complexion of Canada. Stefan believes that the most effective means to influence the world around him is to model inclusive behaviour and engage in activities that challenge the status quo.
Next Gen Men would not be possible without the generous support and continued commitment of our funders and our partners. Thank you for believing in our vision and our movement!
We received a Grassroots Innovation grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund in 2016 to help us expand our youth programs.
Alberta Status of Women
We received a grant from the Alberta Status of Women in 2017 to launch our Equity Focused Leadership program.
Next Gen Men is an approved Special Interest group with the YRDSB. We are very grateful to the many amazing teachers, school administrators, and community resource facilitators that have championed our after-school program and helped us expand across the York Region!
360ºkids is one of York Region’s longstanding community resource groups providing programs and supports for families, children, and at-risk and homeless youth. Their holistic approach is: Surrounding kids in crisis with care. 360ºkids serves as our Organizational Mentor for the OTF Youth Opportunity Fund.
Girls Inc. of York Region has been empowering girls and young women in the York Region since 1979. We partner with Girls Inc. to host special events for grade 8 guys to celebrate their graduation from junior high school prepare for the transition to high school, to complement the annual ‘Diva Ball‘ experience for grade 8 girls.
We partnered with the WSN of York Region in 2016 to create and deliver a customized series of workshops for the grade 8 guys at Black River Public School on bullying, healthy relationships, boundaries, and consent.
YouthREX’s team at York University supported our initial efforts to evaluate, measure, and improve the impact of our programs and helped us produce our first report card! We were part of YouthREX’s first cohort of Customized Evaluation Supports, which offers one-on-one evaluation supports for grassroots youth organizations across Ontario.
BroTalk is a free, confidential and anonymous service from Kids Help Phone that provides counselling and information to help teen guys (and those who identify as male) tackle their challenges and stresses, big or small. It’s a great resource that we like to let the young men in our programs know about!