Join BGC & Blueprint to Inspire Boys to Become Better Men
Everyone can play a role in #BiggerThanSport, and everyone will benefit.
BGC South Coast BC is partnering with Blueprint, based at the University of British Columbia, to develop new blueprints of masculinity and well-being with boys and young men. We are driving change by targeting the socialization of self-identifying boys and young men, and those who influence them, to understand and apply a different model of masculinity. Starting from Blueprint’s evidence-based program developed for adult males (specifically first responders and high-performance athletes), we are building programs and toolkits targeting ages 8 through 17. These programs will offer safe spaces for boys to integrate skills for leadership and character development, create a culture of accountability and become role models for inclusion, safety and personal responsibility.
With your support we can help boys create deeper, longer-lasting impressions about becoming role models and leaders in the community.
The #BiggerThanSport campaign highlights that abuse in sport is widespread, pervasive and a symptom of how we socialize our boys to conform to restrictive ideas of what it means to be a man. We invite you to recognize that the problem is #BiggerThanSport and that change needs all of us to support the journey towards new blueprints of masculinity.
Listen to Carolyn & John discuss #BiggerThanSport
For more than 85 years, BGC South Coast BC (serving BC’s Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley) has been giving kids and youth a safe place to belong in their neighbourhood when they aren’t at home or at school. Our staff mentors connect with kids on their terms, using programs and activities to help them develop relationship skills, healthy living behaviours, a love of lifelong learning, and leadership skills. And most importantly, our Clubs are a place where kids and youth learn that they matter, and are accepted for who they are.
Blueprint catalyzes a global conversation about the state and impact of men in the world. Together, we are mobilizing men to be a force for good. We enhance the well-being of men and communities, creating a safe space for men to share their stories with others who are willing to listen and respond with empathy. We are changing lives and transforming communities. Blueprint is a university-based nonprofit organization that strives to impact society by improving men’s well-being and enhancing their positive contribution to communities. Through research, programs and storytelling we transform the stories of men and those who relate to them. We provide men with a Blueprint for reshaping their role in families and communities.
Blueprint Athlete Program Data Indicates Lasting Positive Impact
What kind of man do I want to be, and how do I want to show up for all teams of life.
Face the Facts
Examine how am I showing up and how do I want to be different.
Make a Play
Take action to change my behaviour and way of being in the world.
- 100% of participants agree they now have clarity, an understanding of the facts and a plan towards the type of person they want to be and agree that the program helped them commit to self-improvement based on listening to feedback from others and taking action.
- 15% reduction in traditional gender based attitudes.
- 14% increase in accountability to friends and teammates.
- 7% reported increase in personal intentionality.
BGC's 4 outcomes
BGC’s social recreation programs are intended to develop essential life skills for Club members. All Club programs, both in design and delivery, intentionally target one or more of the following outcomes for children and youth:
Enhanced connection to community, interpersonal skills, sense of belonging, and acceptance of self and others.
Make healthy choices about nutrition and physical activity, and have increased positive outlook and resilience.
Experience educational success, develop curiosity and creative expressions, and learn how to challenge themselves and achieve goals.
Learn how to be leaders and have a positive influence on others, building skills for cooperation, self-regulation, confidence, and taking initiative.