Negotiating Masculinity

Negotiating Masculinity
Posted on 03/31/2018
Negotiating Masculinity

Saturday, March 31, 11:00-1:00


Ocean Avenue School Library

Maine Boys to Men’s two-hour adult workshop is a brief but deep dive into issues currently facing young people in our community. The training is designed to begin a conversation about how our current culture of toxic masculinity creates a system of gender-based violence that not only harms women, but also men and other gender identities. Some of the issues we address in the training are gender identity, sexuality, consent, bystander intervention, and how to interrupt gender-based violence. This training is the first step in beginning a process of self-discovery and self-reflection necessary to challenge sexism and ultimately stand up as leaders to end gender bias, harassment, abuse, and violence.

The 45 minute movie The Mask You Live In will be screened at 11:00, followed by the workshop at 12:00. If you want to watch the movie on your own, you can join the session at 12:00.

Heidi Randall

Heidi Randall became the Program Director of Maine Boys to Men in July 2017, after serving the organization as a programming consultant for nearly two years. Heidi brings 25 years experience in program design, development and delivery. She has worked in the fields of Family Violence, Sexual Assault and Youth Engagement in Vermont, Maine and New Zealand. Before joining Maine Boys to Men, Heidi created a youth engagement program that spanned all of Maine serving diverse communities and promoting adult and community partnerships with young people. In her work she facilitated youth identified and youth led social change projects.

Heidi received a Liberal Arts Degree from Saint Michael’s College with a double minor in sociology and gender studies. Heidi was honored for excellent work in the activist non-profit field through a fellowship award from Vallecitos Mountain Refuge and was selected to attend a retreat with a focus on mindfulness leadership.

Heidi has additional experience working in Maine middle and high schools as an art teacher, college counselor and athletic coach.

Heidi resides in Yarmouth with her husband Mark and their daughter Dylan.

Ryan Tardiff

Ryan Tardiff is the Program Specialist and Facilitator for the Middle School Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (MS-RSVP). Ryan joined Maine Boys to Men as a volunteer in the spring of 2016 and became a co-facilitator for MS-RSVP soon after.  Ryan graduated from the University of Maine in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. Having been a life-long resident of Maine, Ryan is dedicated to ending gender-based violence and creating a culture of support and authenticity among the middle school boys around Maine. Ryan has multiple years

of experience in behavioral health with students and looks forward to using those skills to make MS-RSVP accessible to all students in the communities we serve.

Ryan is a resident of Greater Portland.

Trailer for The Mask You Live In

The web site for The Mask You Live In

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