Rebecca Finley-Schidlowsky is delighted to announce her election as a Director for the Next Gen Men (NGM) Board. NGM was founded by Jake Stika, Jermal Alleyne, and Jason Tan de Bibiana and is a nonprofit organization focused on building better men through youth and peer engagement, education, and empowerment. NGM believes that by engaging, educating, and empowering boys and young men, we can ensure that the next generation of men will make a positive impact on their communities.
This national organization provides both youth and adult programs, workshops, and presentations focused on NGM’s pillars of Self (acceptance, esteem, love, and awareness), Health (mental, emotional, and physical), and Others (inclusiveness, diversity, empathy, and relationships).
Goals and objectives of NGM are to:
1. Explore concepts of masculinity and positive, healthy ways to be a man;
2. Challenge gender roles and stereotypes;
3. Develop leadership skills, self-confidence, and self-awareness;
4. Build skills for mental health prevention and promotion;
5. Celebrate diversity and learn from others different from ourselves;
6. Develop connection and support among peers;
7. Practice empathy and increase emotional intelligence;
8. Explore what a healthy relationship looks like, how to practice consent, and how to be a good friend.
Passionate about empowering and supporting women through a group Rebecca started, Connections: Mentorship Circle, Rebecca is excited to be a part of an organization that aims to help support and empower men in a similar way.
In July 2017, Next Gen Men partnered with artist Terra Lopez to bring This Is What It Feels Like to Calgary, in support of a #SafeStampede. Almost 600 Stampede-goers experienced what it feels like and reflected on how we can all help end catcalling, street harassment, and gender-based violence.
This Is What It Feels Like is an auditory art exhibit intended to shift society’s treatment of women by providing attendees the opportunity to experience being on the receiving end of catcalling. In the installation, participants walk into a dimmed enclosure to the sound of men catcalling them, with varying levels of harassment and objectification.
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