Athletes Helping Athletes, Garden City, NY

Note: Program is no longer occurring in its original form.

Contact Name: Don McPherson
Contact Information: http://www.donaldmcpherson.com/contact.html
Key Words: (1) Male only; (2) college, high school, and middle school age; (3) racially diverse; (4) university setting and all primary and secondary school levels; (5) one-time workshops and curriculum-based programs
Population served
This program serves ethnically and racially diverse groups of college males, with a focus on student athletes. The program also serves high school and middle school students.
Medium used to convey message
Mr. McPherson is beginning to formalize the programs offered through this agency. Programs include the following: (1) a program in Syracuse, NY, that trains high school students to speak to children in elementary schools about bullying and teasing; (2) the Student Athlete Leadership Program, a violence prevention program that attempts to address definitions of masculinity; and (3) the Sports Leadership Institute, a program that uses a curriculum entitled “Coaching Boys into Men.”
Goals, objectives, and desired outcomes
One of the major goals of the programs is to challenge men to assess current cultural and social definitions of masculinity and redefine what is appropriate and accurate with this definition.
Theoretical/ scientific basis for the approach
Mr. McPherson worked with Jackson Katz and the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program before arriving at Adelphi University. The programs that he has developed are grounded in these concepts.
Level of evaluation
He has not conducted extensive evaluation with these programs but would like to develop a comprehensive evaluation component.
Staff capacity
The programs are delivered by college and high school students. Both groups receive leadership training.