BoysEngage

The BoysEngage program is one of the main activities of the Mike Yanou Foundation, which aims to engage, empower, and equip boys to become effective fathers and father figures, with the vision of creating prosperous communities with functional families. The program has three components:

– Awaken him campaigns: These are campaigns that aim to raise awareness and challenge the negative stereotypes and norms that affect boys and men in the society, such as violence, aggression, substance abuse, and gender inequality. The campaigns also inspire and motivate boys and men to embrace positive values and behaviors, such as respect, responsibility, empathy, and leadership.

– BoysEngage Arts training: This is a training program that uses arts and creativity as a tool to educate and empower boys and men on various issues, such as drug prevention, human rights, sexual and reproductive health, and peacebuilding. The training program also helps vulnerable boys and men to develop their talents and skills, such as painting, drawing, and poetry.

– GBV awareness campaigns: These are campaigns that aim to prevent and combat gender-based violence (GBV) in schools and communities, by educating and sensitizing boys and men on the causes and consequences of GBV, and the role they can play to end it. The campaigns also provide support and referral services to the survivors and perpetrators of GBV, and advocate for legal and policy reforms to protect the rights and dignity of women and girls.

The BoysEngage program by the Mike Yanou Foundation is an innovative and impactful initiative that seeks to transform the lives of boys and men in conflict zone of Cameroon, and to promote gender equality and social justice. The program has reached thousands of boys and men in various schools and communities.