A CALL TO MEN Partners with 18 Schools across the Nation to Bring Its LIVERESPECT Curriculum to Campus to Decrease Dating Violence and Bullying in School and Sports

Curriculum promotes healthy, respectful manhood; empowers boys to
have healthy relationships; decreases actions that degrade women and
other marginalized groups

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A CALL TO MEN today announced a partnership with 18 middle- and
high-schools across the nation to bring its LIVERESPECT Coaching
Healthy & Respectful Manhood Curriculum to campus in the 2016-2017
school year. The curriculum, written by A CALL TO MEN in conjunction
with Scholastic, decreases dating violence and bullying in school and

The curriculum, ideal for middle- and high-school boys, promotes
healthy, respectful manhood; decreases language and actions that degrade
women, girls and other marginalized groups; challenges harmful cultural
and social norms; and decreases instances of bullying and homophobia.

“Much of what kids learn about manhood is based on society’s
expectations and stereotypes of the roles of women and men.
Unfortunately for some boys, this learned behavior leads to negative
treatment of girls and women,” said Ted Bunch, co-founder of A CALL TO

“At Uplift, we believe college success is academic readiness plus strong
social emotional skills. Hence, we are thrilled to partner with A CALL
TO MEN to provide their nationally recognized curriculum to our male
students across nine Uplift schools as we build in them a healthy
perspective on manhood,” said Yasmin Bhatia, CEO, Uplift Education.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 1.5 million
high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating
partner in a single year. Between 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 (28 percent)
students in grades 6-12 experience bullying, according to the National
Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The LIVERESPECT Curriculum will empower boys to better understand
healthy relationships, more effectively negotiate relationships with
their peers, and make better decisions for themselves and those around
them. The curriculum is free and available for download HERE.

“In everything we do as educators at DeWitt Middle School, we are
helping young people understand how to develop and maintain healthy
relationships. We are hopeful that the LIVERESPECT Curriculum
will allow us to take this to the next level – to give our young men the
knowledge and tools they’ll need to develop into the kind of people who
will lead this world with relationships based in love, respect and
appreciation for humanity,” said Alan Miller, counselor, DeWitt Middle

Through the generous support of the Verizon Foundation, which also
funded the curriculum’s creation, A CALL TO MEN is able to implement the
curriculum in 18 schools in the 2016-2017 school year. The participating
schools include:


Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy Baltimore, MD

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge, MA

Collaborative Arts Middle School Queens, NY

Detroit Cristo Rey High School Detroit, MI

DeWitt Middle School Ithaca, NY

Eagle Academy

Bronx, NY

Fathers First South Bend, IN

St. Francis High School Los Angeles, CA

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition St. Paul, MN

Uplift Luna High School Dallas, TX

Uplift Mighty High School Fort Worth, TX

Uplift Luna Middle School Dallas, TX

Uplift Williams High School Dallas, TX

Uplift Heights Middle School Dallas, TX

Uplift Summit Middle School Arlington, TX

Uplift Infinity Middle School Irving, TX

Uplift Hampton Middle School Dallas, TX

Uplift Infinity High School Irving, TX

The schools represented will bring together a cross section of
African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Latino and Native American middle-
and high-school boys.

“The message of A CALL TO MEN is universal and the impact of our work
goes beyond cultural, socioeconomic or other demographic distinctions,”
Bunch said.

“One of the core values of Collaborative Arts Middle School is respect,
and I believe the LIVERESPECT Curriculum will further aid in
instilling lifelong lessons within the hearts of these young men and the
people they will inspire,” said Lamont O’Neil, dean of students,
Collaborative Arts Middle School.

Timothy Bell, freshman basketball coach at St. Francis High School said:
“As the legendary Coach John Wooden said, ‘A good coach can change a
game, a great coach can change a life.’ We at St. Francis High School
believe a great athletic experience prepares young men to be better
husbands, fathers and brothers. In order to empower our students to
better navigate mature, healthy relationships, the St. Francis High
School Basketball Program is honored and excited to participate in the
LIVERESPECT Coaching Healthy, Respectful Manhood Curriculum.”

“Empowering youth to develop healthy, respectful relationships is vital
to preventing violence against women and girls,” said Rose Kirk, chief
corporate social responsibility officer. “At Verizon, we are committed
to supporting innovative approaches and curriculum that provide students
with the tools and resources needed to become responsible and successful

The LIVERESPECT curriculum is the product of A CALL TO MEN’s 20+
years of experience working with and training men, from the National
Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League
Baseball and the National Hockey League, to United States Military, the
Department of Justice and the United Nations.


A CALL TO MEN educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful
manhood. Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents
violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and many
other social ills. A CALL TO MEN is a violence prevention organization
and respected leader on issues of manhood, male socialization and its
intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women
and girls. For more information, visit www.acalltomen.org.
Follow A CALL TO MEN on Facebook and Twitter @acalltomen.


Anna Marie Johnson Teague, 713-858-5423
Marketing Officer