From left: Kenton Kirby, David Grant, Juan Ramos

On November 3 – 4 2014, SOS Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights staff attended a professional development opportunity at A Call to Men. The organization, geared toward engaging men and boys in healthy masculinity and challenging sexism, was attended by over 75 participants, mainly men.

The conference covered many topics including men’s roles in ending violence against women, positive masculinity, historical context of race in America, and community organizing with men in mind.

The S.O.S. members present participated and allowed themselves to be challenged to think outside the traditional male box, in order to avoid unhealthy masculinity and choices for men at the expense of women, girls and other men.