Three male students from the District will be recognized on Sept. 22 for their commitment to healthy dating relationships and nonviolence at the 12th annual Men of Strength Awards. Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR), a national D.C.-based nonprofit that mobilizes young men to prevent sexual and domestic violence through outreach and educational programs, is hosting the fundraiser at the National Press Club.
Terrill Wise, Jonathan Wade, and Anwar Muhammad Nur are all participants or graduates of the organization’s Men of Strength Club. Also known as MOST Club, the school-based 22-week curriculum teaches male teens ages 11-18 healthy dating relationship skills and encourages them to show their “strength” in positive ways among their peers. According to the program’s officials, Terrill, a student at Johnson Wise Middle School; Jonathan, a Benjamin Banneker High School student and Anwar, a Temple University freshman, have all demonstrated an outstanding commitment to being a “man of strength,” by serving their communities through volunteer activities and speaking out about the importance of men’s involvement in stopping violence against women.
Over the past 11 years, the Men of Strength Award has been given to celebrities, legislators, business professionals, athletes and activists who use their “strength” in positive and various ways. Past honorees have included Congressman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., former NFL star Joe Ehrmann, former Liz Claiborne CEO Paul Charron and The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler.
This year the Awards will focus more on Men Can Stop Rape’s growing and targeted outreach to young men in middle school, high school and college. The organization will debut its new anti-bullying and harassment poster awareness campaign for middle school boys entitled “YMOST: Young Men of Strength.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit mencanstoprape.org or call 202-265-6530.