The MRC in the World Community
Training members of budding and established men's centers
Central Massachusetts - We have provided training, advice and consultation, and have established an affiliation agreement with the Central Massachusetts Men's Resource Center, based in Worcester, MA.
in North America
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Members of Men for Change attended a two-day marathon training in the Spring of 2000.
North Carolina - Two men from the Raleigh Men's Center came in April 2001 for a consultation on expanding their programs.
New Mexico - The Men's Resource Center of Northern New Mexico, co-founded and co-directed by a former MRC staff member. MRC Executive Director Steven Botkin and former MRC staff member Juan Carlos Areán conducted a four-day training to help the new center get started.
Texas - The Men's Resource Center of South Texas, started with help from the MRC of Northern New Mexico, along with consultation with Steven Botkin; and the The Men's Resource Center of Central Texas, whose director consulted with us when he lived in Vermont.
New York - Two volunteer facilitators from the MRC travelled to Ithaca, NY to train men there on how to run drop-in support groups.
Maine - MOVE program co-directors visited Portland to train men there beginning the Men's Resource Center of Southern Maine.
New Hampshire - Two volunteers from the MRC support groups program conducted a facilitator training for men in Keene, NH, to help launch the Monadnock Men's Resource Center. We continue to consult with the MMRC board and executive directors, one of whom interned at the MRC.
Vermont - We continue to advise and consult with the recently formed Lake Champlain Men's Resource Center in the Burlington area.
Men's Resources International
For more than 20 years, the Men's Resource Center for Change has worked at the forefront of a vital social change movement--supporting men, challenging men's violence, and developing men's leadership in ending oppression. We have created a community-based organization that is male positive, pro-feminist, gay affirmative and anti-racist. Inspired by this model, groups of men around the country have organized MRCs in their own communities, as shown above. Building on this grassroots movement MRC founding executive director Steven Botkin began Men's Resources International
(formerly the Men's Resource Center Coalition): an educational, consulting and mentoring organization to support the development of men's programs worldwide.
International Trainings and Connections
- In October 2003, former MRC Executive Director Steven Botkin, MOVE Director Russell Bradbury Carlin, and Board Member Yoko Kato visited Japan for 10 days, where they conducted seminars on domestic violence all across the country. Click here to learn more.
- Juan-Carlos Areán's work explores domestic violence in the United States and in Russia. You can read the full story here.
- After training with a longtime MRC member who was living in South Africa, Thulani Nkosi founded a men's center in Johannesburg. Read the story of Thulani Nkosi here.
- Voice Male magazine, with 10,000 copies printed each quarter is now distributed to readers in 39 states, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa and Sweden. Check out more about Voice Male.
- A delegation of 16 from a men's center in Stockholm visited the MRC in 2002 to learn more about our blend of male-positive, pro-feminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist men's work.
- The MRC hosted a visitor from Kyrgyzstan for three months in the fall of 2003. Zarina Turukmanova, an antipoverty worker in Talas, Kyrgyzstan, came here on a State Department fellowship to study the MRC's approach to "supporting men and challenging violence" with an eye toward starting similar programs at home.
- In March 2005, Men's Resources International hosted Stephen Mbati, founder and director of the newly forming Zambia Men's Network on a 12 day study tour to visit organizations working with men in the United States, including extensive conversations with MRC staff. Read more about Stephen Mbati's visit at the Men's Resources International website.