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MOUNT VERNON — Two free training sessions for the Coaching Boys Into Men program were held Thursday inside the Watson Classroom of Ariel Arena in the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m. The program, hosted by New Directions, Mount Vernon Nazarene University Athletics and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR), was aimed at guiding local coaches, teachers and adult community members in becoming mentors for local boys, ages 12-18 years, and helping these young men learn about sexual and domestic violence in our society.
Melissa Nowicki of Danville was one of those mentors present at the meeting. She was excited to learn more about the program in hopes to utilize it in her school.
“I’m a school counselor in Danville, so this is something I hope to co-facilitate in my school,” Nowicki said. “I know that we do a ROX (Ruling Our Experiences) program at our school; a lot of the county schools do ROX, which is a girls’ group. So, I’m hoping this is a nice complement to that and gives an option for our boys in our school, too.”