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December 2, 2021

Engaging Men In Efforts to Prevent Gender-Based Violence two men having a conversation while drinking coffee

The Advocates staff, Monica and Darrel, have been collaborating with ID Coalition staff, Bryan and Jeff, in an experiment to engage men from their community into the efforts of preventing gender-based violence. We believe that most men are not violent. Yet men continue to cause harm through violence (emotional, physical, sexual, etc.) throughout Idaho and beyond. This experiment is about inviting men into male-identified space and conversations toward personal action.

It all began with a request from Monica and Darrel back in the Spring of 2021. And now, twelve male identified people have shown up in bi-weekly meetings in person and via Zoom, to talk about manhood, mentorship, domestic/sexual violence and hopes for future generations. Below is an activity we shared with the members of the group to engage with their family/chosen family during the upcoming holiday gatherings. Please feel free to share this activity with anyone. Our purpose is to provide a structured conversation for men to practice listening and sharing beyond the surface level topics. This is a practice in building empathy, understanding, and connecting through stories.

If you would be interested in engaging with men in your community, please reach out to Jeff at jeff@engagingvoices.org.

Here is the activity and description message:

We are inviting you to engage in story sharing with loved ones, family/chosen family this upcoming holiday season and beyond. Men have been coached to be reserved, to hold back from sharing, or dismiss interests in others’ stories.

After you have chosen who are going to talk with, we invite you to share about some of your reasons for choosing to join the Hailey Man Up group, even if it’s only been once. Why did you choose to join a group of men? Yes, we all love Monica and Darrel, but share more than “they asked.” What are you seeking from the group? Connection, community, positively contribute to the Valley.

As someone who identifies as male, I am identifying ways to practice living into a free and vulnerable version of manhood. The sharing of stories is a straight line to one another’s hearts. We invite you to intentionally engage someone you love in a conversation.

Members of the Hailey Men’s group co-created a Vision/Purpose statement to guide the activities and direction of the group.

Here are a few lines from the statement for you to reflect upon before and while entering the conversation.

  • We will expand the possibilities of manhood to grow loving, respectful relationships and end all forms of violence in our communities.
  • We are exploring our past and our present, connecting through stories and actions, and living into a future where everyone is free to be whole, to be loved, and to thrive.

Here are some suggested prompts for you to consider using to enter the conversation:

  • Tell me about some of the expectations placed on you because of your gender or other identities (i.e., race, sexuality, class, religion, physical/mental abilities, etc.). Can you tell me about a time when you resisted?
  • What are your hopes for our next generation of family/friends?
  • Share a story about the first time you saw a man in your life cry. What was the reason for them crying and how did they explain it to you?
  • How would you want us to remember you (person you are talking with) after you are gone? What story would you like us to tell others about you (person you are talking with)?

Thank you for considering this activity and for choosing to share your time as we continue to grow together. Peace and love.

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Jeff Matsushita
jeff@engagingvoices.org

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  • Engaging Men Workshops
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Free Legal Services for Youth Survivors of Sexual Assault

green circle with comment bubble with black font with text saying, "Did you know?"Did you know the Idaho Coalition provides free civil legal services throughout the state of Idaho to people ages 11-24 who have experienced sexual assault?

The Idaho Coalition can help to explain and assess the survivor’s legal rights and help to identify and seek legal remedies that can increase stability in the survivor’s life following social or economic problems caused by sexual assault.

Examples of civil legal services we provide include:

  • protection of privacy
  • enhancing safety
  • supporting access to education, housing and employment
  • navigating complex immigration systems
  • accessing public benefits
  • providing counsel through criminal legal systems in which the victim is only a witness to a case

These are just a few examples of civil legal services the Idaho Coalition may be able to offer to survivors. This free service could complement any prevention work advocates are doing in local schools. Brochures can be sent to programs to include in your already existing outreach materials

If you have more questions about services or would like to make a referral, you or clients may contact us by email at legal@engagingservices.org or you can contact Kailey directly at kailey@engagingservices.org.

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Kailey Carter-Zitterkopf
kailey@engagingvoices.org

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Housing Support and Resources this Holiday Season

abstract homeHousing Support and Resources this Holiday Season

With the holiday season in full swing, many people within our communities may find themselves in need of housing and/or rental assistance. Idaho towns and cities continue to experience a rise in rents and outbreaks of COVID-19 also continue to have impacts on employment availability and often interrupt people’s ability to work. With this in mind, we want to revisit resources that may help support survivors you are working with.

The Intermountain Fair Housing Council (IFHC) has been working overtime to help renters and community members during the COVID-19 crisis. For survivors you are working with who may be struggling to meet their needs and pay rent, they have compiled a guide full of resources and best practice tips. There is a lot of helpful and timely information to support those in our community with resources which may help them remain housed during this holiday season. This guide is also available for download in English, Spanish, and Swahili. Click here to explore their guide.

The Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA) has resources in place that may benefit survivors you are working with. For people who are unable to pay their rent or utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic, short-term assistance is available and may be explored as a possible resource.

The Housing Preservation Program (HPP) is aimed at helping renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis. The program is available only to Idaho renters and provides assistance not only for rent, but utilities. The IHFA launched a new portal for online applications for the HPP to improve its ability to collect online applications and addressed many of the barriers that were impacting applicants’ ability to submit earlier this calendar year. Most importantly, with the updated portal, a representative of the tenant’s choosing may complete and submit an application on the tenant’s behalf when needed or requested, allowing advocates to further support survivors. Click here to apply and for additional FAQs.

For survivors living within the municipal boundaries of Boise or Meridian, the Mortgage Payment Assistance for HomeLoanServ borrowers program may be able to help those who meet the eligibility requirements. This program offers mortgage payment assistance to eligible homeowners who have been affected by COVID-19. For eligible people, it may help pay for up to 15 months of previous mortgage payments and six upcoming months. Click here to apply and learn more about eligibility requirements.

Jesse Tree Idaho has a Rental & Security Deposit Assistance program for those who are unable to pay their rent or are in need help with security deposit assistance and are at risk of eviction and homelessness. If a survivor you are working with is at risk of losing housing and are living in Ada or Canyon County, Jesse Tree’s program is worth exploring. For more information, call or text at 208-383-9486 (Monday – Friday between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm), or apply here.

For many families, just one unplanned event or medical expense may lead to homelessness or the inability to pay rent or mortgage. Missing a day of work because of one or multiple COVID quarantines or because a person lacks childcare, for instance, may leave a survivor unable to pay their rent and lead to eviction. Those who may be experiencing layoffs, reduced work hours and wages, and other impacts from this crisis may also be living in fear of losing their home.

As such, many survivors will depend on organizations and resources highlighted here to help them remain housed and safe, if we have missed a resource in your area, please reach out and share that information with Lacey Sinn at lacey@engagingvoices.org


Lacey Sinn
lacey@engagingvoices.org

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Training & Events

Professional Leadership & Advancement Network (PLAN)green background with white font saying professional leadership & advancement network plan|January – March 2022

Futures Without Violence’s Supporting Organizational Sustainability Institute (SOS Institute), invites executive directors of domestic and sexual violence organizations to participate in the Professional Leadership & Advancement Network (PLAN) Program. PLAN is an eight-week course to support leaders in their role to effectively manage, lead, and strengthen their organization’s infrastructure and culture, in order to advance their mission.

This hybrid education series will include a blend of live and self-paced sessions, group and individual activities, peer exchange and mentoring, one-on-one technical assistance, and implementation planning. PLAN is an opportunity to engage with other survivor-serving organizations across the country and foster leadership skills rooted in the values of the anti-violence movement.

Who is Invited to Attend?

Executive directors of OVW grantee and subgrantee organizations, grant partners, past participants of the SOS Institute, and potential OVW grantees. Participation will be limited to 40 executive directors and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will prioritize applications for organizations working with underserved communities or struggling with a variety of organizational development challenges. Applicants must certify that they can attend all sessions and fully participate in the self-paced work.

Learn More and Apply for PLAN 2022 Here!

Application Deadline: Friday, December 10, 2021. All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application no later than December 17, 2021. For any assistance or questions, please contact Abby Larson at alarson@futureswithoutviolence.org.


Beyond Diversity & Bias Training: Building Intersectional Race Equity
February 2, 2022| 2:00pm-4:00pm ET

Facilitated by Fiona Kanagasingam, Co-Founder, BIPoC Project, this session is for Human Resources teams, hiring managers, and decision-makers seeking to transform hiring authentically without tokenizing.

Organizations often begin their equity journeys with enhanced hiring, yet struggle with how to fully embed equity not just diversity in the process, how to build systems of accountability that translate intent to action, and how to transform hiring authentically without tokenizing historically marginalized candidates and staff. Register here!

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