We hosted a Zoom event on Friday June 26 at 2:00PM: Boyhood & Masculinity, Film & Conversation with Ashanti Branch and Southern Arizona Community Leaders
This two-part event began with a screening of the documentary "The Mask You Live In", which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Afterwards, we facilitated a conversation with Ashanti Branch, where we explored together how we can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. The Southern Arizona community leaders who were on the panel were: Anna Harper-Guerrero, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse Jesus "Chucho" Ruiz, Chicanos Por La Causa Lance Meeks, Southern Arizona Goodwill Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, TUSD Superintendent This event was sponsored by Boys to Men Tucson, The University of Arizona Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse and the Pima County Youth Violence Prevention Coalition.
This event is the prelude to a 2-Day event that will be held in the Fall.
Our goals for the event were:
A better understanding of the crisis related to teenage boys and masculinity
A better understanding of the intersecting issues facing teenage boys in Southern Arizona
Inspiration to get involved and to do something
Willingness to commit to at least one of the items listed under our Action Items
Our Action Items are: