Our mission is to grow stronger communities by focusing on the unique opportunities of working with men and boys in our society. We offer quality trainings, research, evaluation reports, and a wide variety of experiences for individuals, groups, and organizations to increase their knowledge and skills for working with males.
One of the major efforts of RMP is to build a community of practice around men's issues. We are committed to growing the body of knowledge that gives society more insight and perspective into the lives of men and boys. We believe that the social sciences can inform practice wisdom, where parents, professionals, and people who work with males can develop deeper knowledge and skills that allow them to be more effective working with men and boys.
We believe that intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women are two of the most important public safety issues in America and the world. Affecting millions of women and girls each year, intimate partner violence and sexual abuse deprive women of their safety and security and puts children at risk for high levels of emotional and psychological trauma. At the Renaissance Male Project, we work to end all forms of violence against women, particularly by getting men involved in anti-violence initiatives.
Men and boys in American society share a preponderance of health and mental health issues. Research demonstrates that men suffer more severe chronic conditions, have higher death rates on all 15 leading causes of death, and die more than six years younger than women. The precipitous decline in men's social and physical health has had a particularly negative impact on minority males, particularly African-Americans. At RMP, we believe that there is a crisis in men's health which has yet to achieve the attention it deserves among social welfare professionals, policy makers, and men.
At RMP we believe in the principle of "No Child Left Behind," but we see far too many males being left behind in today's educational system. Far too many boys get low grades, are suspended or expelled, and don't graduate. In addition, far too many males are diagnosed with a learning disability and assigned to special education. While we acknowledge the diversity of opinion on the question of whether males are doing better or worse in education compared to girls, we know that males can and must do better.
One of the most important challenges facing modern society is ensuring stable, quality jobs for the future. Changes in the modern economy have had a particularly profound and negative impact on working class men, who have yet to adjust to the switch from manufacturing to an increasingly service and technologically-based economy. The persistent gender gap in wages between men and women and the proverbial "glass ceiling" highlight the need for men to re-tool their attitudes and reject sexism in the workplace.