Boys and young men initiative

Juvenis are proud to announce an award and invitation to participate in a new boys and young men initiative from Global Fund for Children supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Global Fund for Children (GFC) announces a dynamic partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF), the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to establish a new initiative with grassroots organizations working with boys and young men across England. Together, GFC and TNLCF will support a network of 10 community-based partners engaging young people to reimagine manhood and create more equitable gender relations.

GFC and TNLCF’s partnership will support spaces for boys and young men to develop emotional intimacy and connection, break down gender stereotypes, and embrace more equitable attitudes and behaviors. It will also promote the role of children and youth as political and social change agents within their families and communities.

The initiative comes at a critical moment: research shows that young men in the UK who adhere to traditional ideas of masculinity are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, bully their peers, and carry out sexual harassment. They are more likely to experience depression and to commit suicide, with growing rates among youth under 25. Around the world, rigid gender norms contribute to men’s use of violence against women and girls.

Stereotypes about how men and women should behave have harmful consequences for youth of all genders. These difficulties are compounded for young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, who face other forms of discrimination, and who have experienced violence and abuse themselves.