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Tampa Training Teaches Adults How to
Facilitate Cutting-­Edge Support
Groups for Boys & Young Men

Program Finding Show Increases in Boys' and Yong Men's School Engagement

The Council for Boys and Young Men, an acclaimed program that promotes healthy male adolescentThe Council for Boys and Young Men development, is now registering participants for its two-­day Facilitator Training. Co-­hosted by Devereux Kids and OPBI, Inc., the training is being held May 24th & 25th, from 8am to 4:30pm at the University Area Community Development Corporation, 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33613.

Attendees will learn how to implement the Council model, a new program gaining interest with youth-serving organizations across the country.  The Council promotes boys’ and young men’s safe, strong and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years.  Academic credit and continuing education hours are available to most service providers.

Registrations can be made online at or by calling (707) 794-9477.

The Council for Boys and Young Men is the male adjunct to the widely-acclaimed Girls Circle program founded by Giovanna Taormina and Beth Hossfeld, MFT, in California.  A structured group program for boys 9-18, it is successfully being implemented nationwide in all youth serving arenas:  schools, juvenile justice, mental health, child welfare, and public health organizations. The Council provides a space for boys and young men to:

            *Challenge myths about what it means to be a “real boy” or “real man”

            * Reject violence and define power from multiple perspectives

            * Experience belonging and connection with adults and peers

            *Make safe and healthy decisions/Discover the principles they want to live by

            *Explore the meaning of healthy competition

            *Develop empathetic skills

            *Participate in fun and stimulating activities

            *Find motivation and courage to act on their principles

            *Become allies with girls and women


About the Organization: 

The Council for Boys and Young Men is a division of The Girls Circle Association (GCA).  Created by Beth Hossfeld and Giovanna Taormina, the Council’s sister program – the research based Girls Circle model – is rated a “Promising Approach” by the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In 2006, Hossfeld and Taormina teamed up with Matt Bowers to develop The Council model based on masculinity research and evidenced-based principles. For more information, visit or

About Devereux Kids

Devereux Kids is a primary prevention and diversion program of the Devereux Foundation in Florida. They were established in 1999 to involve parents and community residents in training, relationship building and skill development to increase the safety and well being of children, youth and families at the neighborhood level. Their mission is to engage community residents, strengthen families and protect children.

About OPBI, Inc.
OPBI is a Tampa Bay non-profit organization that has been around since 2002. At the Ophelia Project and Boys Initiative of Tampa Bay, they are committed to creating a best practices model for communities who want to be on the forefront of meeting the specific needs of girls and boys, in an integrated and innovative fashion.They believe in positive and successful youth development.