Recognizing the important role that coaches play in a young person’s life, we were challenged to provide more awareness and education for coaches to understand these issues.Coaching Boys into Men provided the foundation for a new local initiative, Coaching for Change.
Coaching for Change is an interactive on-line training that provides coaches with information and skills to understand and better respond to sexual harassment, teen dating violence, and domestic/sexual violence. Funded by the United Way and the MN Department of Health, two online courses were developed for high school and community level coaches. Input from local coaches, MN High School League and professionals in the field of relationship violence pooled their expertise and knowledge to produce the courses.
Each course explores the social norms and messaging that help to create an environment of harm. The courageous conversations section provides coaches with everyday experiences they may encounter with youth and feedback from other coaches as to how they handle the situation. Coaches who have taken the course are overwhelmingly positive about the content it provides and understands how important this information is to a coach in today’s world. The MN High School League has made thisonline training a mandatory course for all Minnesota high school coaches.