Healthy Masculinity Action Project
HMAP-logo-final_resized The Healthy Masculinity Action Project

Be a part of history.

Every day we hear news stories about violence but rarely, if ever, are they linked to masculinity. It’s time to make the connection between the epidemic of men’s violence in our country and what society is teaching boys about masculinity. The traditional “boys will be boys” mentality is beginning to change. The Obama Administration has prioritized the engagement of boys and young men in efforts to reduce violence, especially violence against women. Now, for the first time, the nation’s leading non-profit organizations are coming together to launch the most comprehensive effort centered on young men and healthy, non-violent masculinity in history.

What is the Healthy Masculinity Action Project (HMAP)?
The Healthy Masculinity Action Project (HMAP) is a national grassroots movement to eradicate the harmful expectations and stereotypes our society teaches boys about what it means to be a man. A two year initiative, HMAP aims to build a new generation of male leaders who will model strength without violence and serve as positive change makers in society – taking their communities from awareness to action. Every day men, women and teens nationwide are all driving HMAP.

Who is behind HMAP?
Spearheaded by Men Can Stop Rape, every major men’s empowerment organization is also behind HMAP, including organizing partners: the National Resource Center on Domestic ViolenceMen Stopping ViolenceCoach for AmericaWomen of Color Network, and A CALL TO MEN.

What will HMAP include?
The National Launch: The Healthy Masculinity Summit
is the most critical juncture for HMAP, bringing together the best of the best - more than 200 industry leaders from various sectors, including policy, business, education and health - to to come up with the best strategies to engage men and boys on this issue and uncover how masculinity continues to create environments where men’s violence against women, girls, and other men has been normalized and accepted. (Oct. 17-19, 2012, Washington, D.C.).  

Town Hall Meetings, leaders from HMAP training instituties will activate across the country, hosting these grassroots gatherings in urban, suburban, rural and frontier communities, and develop action plans to promote healthy masculinity, build stronger and healthier neighborhoods and improve lives (Spring 2012).

The Healthy MasculinityTraining Institute, is a three-day intensive training on “Healthy Masculinity: Awareness-to-Action” that will mobilize HMAP ambassadors and equip them with tools to present in schools and local forums on the importance of healthy non-violent masculinity (June 2013, Atlanta, GA).

The Youth Leadership Summit, will bring together young men to collaborate and develop healthy masculinity action plans for implementation in schools nationwide (October 2013, Louisville, KY).

Utimately, HMAP will:

Train more than 1,000 ambassadors to spread the movement nationwide and take action by holding community town halls, presenting on healthy, non-violent masculinity in schools and working with local organizations on community outreach and programs to prevent violence against women.

These ambassadors will arm nearly 1 million people with knowledge on the importance of healthy, non-violent masculinity.

Develop invaluable resources to promote healthy non-violent masculinity including specific action plans for engaging men and boys in violence prevention.

Healthy Masculinity Action Project documentary: This documentary will follow the ambassadors who bring this national movement to their own cities and towns, and capture on film, how shifting individual perceptions about masculinity can catalyze large scale change in our classrooms, offices, communities and throughout our nation.

The Healthy Masculinity Action Project Report: Ground-breaking best practices from this first of it’s kind movement will be chronicled in a Final Report that will serve as an indespensible resource on promoting healthy masculinity for anyone who works with men and boys.

Healthy Masculinity Summit Successfully Kicks Off Healthy Masculinity Action Project

Men Can Stop Rape would like to thank all of the sponsors, participants, and allies of the Healthy Masculinity Summit on October 17-19. We would especially like to thank the Verizon Foundation for being the Co-Host Sponsor of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project. Check out some of our many photos from the three-day summit above.

Even if you weren’t at the Healthy Masculinity Summit in October, you can be a vital part of this initiative by organizing a Healthy Masculinity Town Hall or Campus Conversation in your community. And we can provide you with resources to help you. Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today to ask for assistance.

HMAP is a two-year project of Men Can Stop Rape, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Men Stopping Violence, Coach for America, Women of Color Network, and A CALL TO MEN. It is designed to raise the visibility of healthy masculinity and build a new generation of male leaders across the country who model non-violent, emotionally healthy masculinity, serving as positive change-makers in society.

Break the Cycle tweeted during the Healthy Masculinity Summit, “#healthymasculinity is building a society based on collaboration not domination.” The summit was built on the idea and practice of collaborative dialogue; the Healthy Masculinity Town Halls or Campus Conversations are similarly structured. You can find out more in the Healthy Masculinity Action Guide, originally distributed to all the summit participants, but now available to anyone interested in being part of HMAP. Along with the Action Guide, the HMAP Organizing Partners will provide technical assistance and training.

Make healthy masculinity more visible in your community. Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today to ask for assistance.

Healthy Masculinity Summit Faculty Announced

Healthy Masculinity

This October 17-19 in Washington, DC, the Healthy Masculinity Summit will mark the beginning of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project. The summit's structure, designed to be facilitated through conversations instead of presentations, requires skilled dialogue facilitators talking about issues like mobilizing men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence against women and more.
That's where the topnotch faculty members for the Healthy Masculinity Summit come in. These individuals, representing a wide range of expertise and issues, will be the conversation-starters. Faculty members include people like:

  • Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the groundbreaking bestselling books that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls.
  • Joe Ehrmann, Founder and President of Coach for America, called "the Most Important Coach in America" by Parade Magazine
  • Jacquelyn Boggess, Co-Director of the Center for Family Policy and PRactice and President of Women in Fatherhood
  • Andrew Barnett, Executive Director of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), winner of the Metro Weekly Next Generation Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of LGBT activists, artists, and leaders under 30
Learn more about the Healthy Masculinity Summit's topnotch conversation-starters and register here.
The Healthy Masculinity Action Project Allies

We are proud to announce the growing list of Healthy Masculinity Project Allies. Allies are organizations that help spread the message of healthy masculinity through their national networks. During the two years of HMAP, our Allies will be tweeting, posting and emailing about how healthy masculinity benefits us all. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is only the latest Ally of the over twenty national organizations that have committed to the cause of Healthy Masculinity. Learn more about the Healthy Masculinity Action Project and register for the 2012 Healthy Masculinity Summit here.

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