Chicago teen program aims to challenge male stereotypes

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago program is aiming to redefine stereotypical images of masculinity in hopes of combatting violence.

The Chicago Tribune reports that “What’s Up With Manhood?” was created by the nonprofit Options for Youth. Organizers say they hope to promote healthy relationships and choices, and instill a sense of responsibility.

Nonprofit President Pat Mosena says the program shows male teens that being the tough guy who doesn’t communicate or show emotion isn’t the only way to “be a man.”

The program is being piloted with about 30 freshman and sophomores at World Language Academy in the Little Village neighborhood on the city’s west side. It forms part of a city-funded mentoring program there.