Web Site of the Week - 2004

Menstuff® features a web site that we feel fits our parameters of positive change in male roles and relationships. See also Web Sites of the Week 2001, 2002, or 2003. Also see Top 100.

The Guidance Channel® is an educational publishing and media company whose mission is to provide children, students, parents, adults and professionals with timely and effective tools that help them or their clients make critical life choices. Guidance materials and other publications, products and resources are offered over the Internet at the company's many web sites and through specialized direct mail catalogs. The company offers over 5000 proprietary publications and other products, many of them national and international award-winners, including multimedia programs, videos, curricula, information handouts, therapeutic games, prevention-awareness items and more. www.guidancechannel.com
(Note: menstuff.org was picked as one of the Top Ten Hazing Prevention Websites. On their site, scroll down to our rather thorough article "Strengthening the Bonds: A Positive Fraternity Pledge Progarm for the 21st Century."

The Brain Injury Association of America was founded in 1980 by a group of individuals who wanted to improve the quality of life for their family members who had sustained brain injuries. It encompasses a national network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups. The Association envisions a world where all preventable brain injuries are prevented, all unpreventable brain injuries are minimized and all individuals who have experienced brain injury maximize their quality of life. Parents and caregivers of children with special needs will find links to help begin their search for information, services, and support. Also, there are lots of things kids can do to stay safe! Check out the "Kids Corner" page and test your safety knowledge! www.biausa.org  Want to volunteer, contact Alice Demichelis, Director of Family Programs at 703.758.9723 or fax 703.758.0221 or Ademichelis@biausa.org or demichelis@erols.com

The National Runaway Switchboard operates a confidential hotline for runaway youth, teens in crisis, and concerned friends and family members. All services are free and available 24 hours every day. and include: Crisis Intervention, Message relay between runaways and their parent/legal guardian, Referrals and conference to community-based resources such as counseling, support groups, alternative housing, and health care, Home Free program in partnership with Greyhound Buslines, Inc. to help runaways return home to their families, Education and outreach services, Free NRS promotional materials for distribution at community events, school assemblies, and health fairs. www.nrscrisisline.org or info@nrscrisisline.org

TheMensCenter: The mission is to assist men in finding male positive resources, information, and support. We are a non-profit educational service of The Men's Resource Network, Inc (MRN). MRN is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation created to educate and inform the public about men's issues. MENSIGHT Magazine is another free service of The Men's Resource Network, Inc. (MRN). It has grown out of the response that we have received from articles posted on TheMensCenter.com (TMC), our official web-site. The first issue went on-line on May 1, 2000. (Archive) MENSIGHT is dedicated to publishing diverse articles for and about men. We believe that there are valuable lessons to be learned from the advocates of all the various men's issues. The website is TheMensCenter.com. The url is themenscenter.com MENSIGHT Magazine is themenscenter.com/mensight

Sponsor of a bill to end male genital mutilation in the U.S. submitted to Congress on February 23, 2004. To learn more about the physical and psychological effects of male circumcision, visit the site's resource pages. Also, learn how to help the bill become law by taking personal action. www.mgmbill.org

The National Organization for Men Against Sexism is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities. We affirm that working to make this nation's ideals of equality for all people a reality is the finest expression of what it means to be men. Men can become happier and more fulfilled human beings by challenging the old-fashioned roles of masculinity that embody the assumption of male superiority. www.nomas.org or info@nomas.org

VolunteerMatch is a non-profit that utilizes the power of the Internet to help individuals nationwide find volunteer opportunities posted by local nonprofit and public sector organizations. VolunteerMatch's powerful online database allows volunteers to search thousands of one-time and ongoing opportunities by zip code, category, and date. Then signup automatically by email for those that fit their interest and schedule. Contributing organizations post their own opportunities, giving volunteers easy access to an accurate and diverse source of activities. VolunteerMatch is available nationwide. It benefits from strong local support in San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, New York, and Los Angeles. The service is free and powered by you! www.volunteermatch.org

The Alliance for Children Concerned About Move-Aways (ACCAMA) believes that children’s need for frequent and meaningful contact with both parents after a divorce is paramount. Present efforts by certain members of the California Legislature to attempt to weaken or abrogate altogether the new California Supreme Court’s decision in In re Marriage of LaMusga (2004) run counter to this need. They recognize that there are some situations where custodial parents should be allowed to move, particularly in cases of dire economic need or domestic violence, or when noncustodial parents show little interest in their children or do not avail themselves of their visitation time. What they do oppose are frivolous, selfish, vindictive, or bad faith moves which tear children away from loving noncustodial parents. www.accama.org or contact@accama.org

www.CollegeSexTalk.com is intended to be a serious forum on human sexuality for college students across the country. CollegeSexTalk™ provides students with a place to discuss what really matters to them. Participants also have an opportunity to ask questions and receive informed answers from Dr. Caron - author, columnist, and founder of numerous innovative programs relating to human sexuality. See our weekly column.

www.raisingdeafkids.org has a lot of information about children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Most of the information is about helping parents understand their child's deafness and showing them how to help their child succeed. There is a large section on children who are deaf and have other disabilities. Written in plain language, this site is meant to be accessible to readers of varying educational and literacy levels. The web site also lists links customized for children of different ages The site is also translated into Spanish at www.raisingdeafkids.org/spanish at The CHildren's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3535 Market St, 9th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or 215.590.7440, or TTY 215.590.6817 or info@raisingdeafkids.org

Stop Prisoner Rape (SPR) seeks to end sexual violence committed against men, women, and youth in all forms of detention. "The horrors experienced by many young inmates, particularly those who are convicted of nonviolent offenses, border on the unimaginable. Prison rape not only threatens the lives of those who fall prey to their aggressors, but it is potentially devastating to the human spirit. Shame, depression, and a shattering loss of self-esteem accompany the perpetual terror the victim thereafter must endure. www.spr.org

The Candie's Foundation mission is to educate teens about the consequences of teenage pregnancy, bringing it into the national consciousness through a public awareness initiative, which aims to reduce teen pregnancy in the United States. For more information go to www.candiesfoundation.org Click on ad for additional versions.

SEX ETC's: For years, teens have said that their sex ed classes were "too little, too late," their parents didn’t talk to them about sex and they were left on their own to figure out all this confusing stuff. They also said they'd like to read about stuff like love, sex, relationships, HIV/AIDS, violence and other issues, especially if teens wrote those stories. Walla - a sexuality and health newsletter written by teens for teens. Copies are sent in bulk to high schools and organizations that serve young people and has become a staple in schools, churches, teen pregnancy prevention programs, juvenile justice centers, clinics and other programs around the country. Get your own free subscription. This web site gives teens a place to go in cyberspace where they can get accurate, up-front information about their sexuality and also gives teens a place to get their questions answered. SEX, ETC.'s success proves that teen-to-teen communication about sex and health issues really works. It’s sure better than groping in the dark. www.sxetc.org

Campaign to End Homophobia: The purpose of the Campaign is to build and support a network of people working together to end homophobia and heterosexism through education. Homophobia is the irrational fear of homosexuality and the hatred, disgust, and prejudice that fear brings. Oppression of lesbians and gays, as well as bisexual women and men, is based on homophobia. But it also hurts heterosexuals by maintaining rigid definitions of "approporate" sex-role behavior and sexual relationships. We believe that education about homophobia and heterosexism is most effective when done in connection with other oppressions based on race/ethnicity, ability, class, age, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, and religion or spiritual beliefs. www.endhomophobia.org/

Gay Today. Just what it says. Edited by Jack Nichols, one of the "fathers" of gay activism, Gay Today offers a broad perspective on news and issues affecting gays and lesbians. www.gaytoday.com

As a men's social action group dedicated to ending the violence of men against women, BrotherPeace Twin Cities occupies a critical niche among Minnesota organizations. Founded in 1988, BrotherPeace Twin Cities continues to assert that the violence of men against women is a men's issue requiring the efforts of all men to stop the violence. We believe it is critical for men to help each other develop a sense of male identity that is vigorous and robust, and not violent or abusive. brotherpeace.org or info@brotherpeace.org

MoveOn.org helps busy people be effective citizens. It is one of the most exciting grassroots movements on the Internet. It is committed to broadening participation to counter the influence of monied interests and partisan extremes. It gives people a voice in shaping the laws & policies that affect our lives. You can sign online petitions on timely issues like responding to terrorism, energy policy, and campaign finance reform, or you can just sign up to receive email alerts, all for free.

One of the best things about MoveOn.org is that each of us can help decide what issues the organization stands for, using a unique, online discussion forum. Everyone can post suggestions, and everyone can rate all the other suggestions. Those that receive the highest ratings can become the focus of MoveOn.org's action campaigns.

It's a promising idea: choose our priorities collectively, then act on them collectively. MoveOn.org, PO Box 9063, Berkeley, CA 94709-9063. info@moveon.org.

Wildaid. One of our goals is to decimate the illegal wildlife trade within our lifetime. Our innovative solutions to conservation threats are credible, efficient, cost-effective, and deliver direct and measurable results. Working with governments, local groups, consumers - and with your support - we can succeed in changing the world. www.wildaid.org

PCRI’s highest priority is to improve the care of men with prostate cancer and increase both quality and quantity of life. PCRI believes patient education about prostate cancer can empower men to seek an earlier diagnosis and know the pros and cons of their treatment options. The objective of the PCRI is to educate patients and their families about prostate cancer and its treatment. This includes new advances in diagnosis, treatments, available resources, leading-edge treatment centers and assistance in treatment choices. Understanding his disease and treatment aids the patient in his everyday care. www.prostate-cancer.org or pcri@pcri.org

fatherville.com is a web resource by fathers, about fathers and fatherhood for fathers, step-fathers, a male role model, or just a man who knows a kid who needs help. The goal is to encourage men to become better fathers through the exchange of ideas that can take place in an online environment. It's only by relating our own personal tips, tricks and traps that we can learn about some of the pitfalls to be avoided. To be sure parenting is a journey. But if we can help one another along the way then we can become a support and an encouragement for one another.

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (S.AV.E.) is a student driven organization where they learn about alternatives to violence and practice what they learn through school and community service projects. They learn conflict management and mediation skills and the virtues of good citizenship, civility, and nonviolence. The key to S.A.V.E. is that it is student initiated-started by students for students. Started in 1989 by a group of students after a violent incident that left one of their classmates dead, S.AV.E. has spread from coast to coast with chapters in 37 states involving over 97,000 students. www.nationalsave.org

Gay Health is the first health and wellness site dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisdexual and Transgendered men and women. Staffed by professionals from within our own community, the site provides easy access to accurate, current and vital health information. Your privacy is our priority. www.gayhealth.com or ContactUs@GayHealth.com

The Talking With Kids Campaign is a collaboration between Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Children Now is a nonpartisan, independent voice for America's children. Using innovative research and communications strategies, Children Now promotes pioneering solutions to problems facing America's children. Recognized nationally for its policy expertise, up-to-date information about the status of children, and leading work with the media. Children Now is financed through foundation grants, individual donations, and support from the corporate community. www.talkingwithkids.org or 510.763.2444 or talk@talkingwithkids.org

National Youth Violence Prevention Week, March 29-April 2, 2004. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence. During this week-long national education initiative, various activities will demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their schools and communities safer. With the support of several national premier youth-serving organizations, each day of the week will focus on a specific violence prevention strategy. These include promoting respect and tolerance, anger management, resolving conflicts peacefully, supporting safety, and uniting in action. www.violencepreventionweek.org

Almost 20 years of struggle against AIDS have underlined the need for the concerted, focused efforts of a wide range of actors. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AID (UNAID) was created in 1996 to help meet that challenge. UNAIDS serves as the leading advocate for global action against HIV/AIDS. Its mission is to guide, strengthen and support worldwide efforts to turn the tide against the epidemic. Such efforts are aimed at:: preventing the spread of HIV; providing care and support for those infected and affected by the disease; reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS; and easing the socioeconomic and human impact of the epidemic. www.unaids.org

National Fatherhood Initiative: serves as a catalyst for engaging America in a public and forthright discussion about the necessity of reversing the trends that are removing fathers from their children. NFI encourages and supports family and father-friendly policies, develops national public education campaigns to highlight the importance of fathers in the lives of their children, provides motivation for national and local coalition building, and provides information to individual men to help them be better fathers ensuring that more children grow up with involved and committed fathers, as well as involved mothers. This is the best way to ensure that every child has what should be their birthright: a happy and secure childhood www.fatherhood.org

Save the Children celebrates the role of sponsorship in improving the lives of children. More than 60 years of experience working hand-in-hand with families and communities at home and abroad has taught us that poverty need not be a life sentence. Operating with the efficiency of a successful business, we remain faithfully committed to directing the lion's share of our resources to serving children and families in need. We work in 18 states across the United States and in 46 developing nations around the world. www.savethechildren.org

No Name Calling Week During March 1 – 5, 2004, schools serving grades five through eight across the nation will be asked to take part in a week of education activities aimed at stopping name-calling and verbal bullying of all kinds. This weeklong event seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities. A resource guide with lesson plans, a video for classroom use and other promotional materials are available for educators to assist in facilitating the week’s activities. For more information on this weeklong event, visit www.NoNameCallingWeek.org

Dads and Daughters. DADs provides tools to strengthen our relationships with our daughters and transform the pervasive messages that value our daughters more for how they look than who they are. They are a national, nonprofit membership organization of fathers with daughters. www.dadsanddaughters.org or info@dadsanddaughters.org

Creativity Explored member artists come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them a wide variety and range of experience, ability, and sensibilities. Some of our artists just turned 20 years old, and some of our artists are in their eighties. Some have lived a life of previous isolation or institutionalization, while some have lived their entire lives with their families in a supportive and accepting environment. Many of our member artists speak different languages, or do not speak, and are unable to communicate with each other using spoken language. At Creativity Explored, visual art is language everyone can use to share culture, to share experience, and to share feelings. Visit their sutios in San Francisco, info@creativityexplored.org or www.creativityexplored.org  

Condomania: America's first condom store, was established June 1991, in New York City. Condomania OnLine assists customers of every age, sex, culture and sexual orientation in the purchase of condoms and safer-sex products. At Condomania, we believe that the best way for the public to make educated choices about safer-sex products is through access to accurate, non-judgmental information. Condomania's vision is crucial to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Happy VD Day! www.condomania.com

Children's Rights Council's Website works to strengthen families through education and advocacy. We favor family formation and family preservation, but if families break up, or are never formed, we work to assure a child the frequent and continuing contact with two parents and extended family the child would normally have during marriage. Our motto is "The Best Parent is Both Parents". Our site contains names of parenting support groups, resources on single parents, marriage, custody, access/visitation/parenting time, parenting education, prevention of abuse and neglect of your child, job sources, and parentage establishment. Formed in 1985 by concerned parents who have more than 40 years collective experience in custody and reform and early childhood education, CRC has chapters in 32 states and is affiliated with CRC: Mothers Without Custody (MW/OC) and the Stepfamily Association of America (SAA). info4parents.com

Zero to Three's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. We are dedicated to advancing current knowledge; promoting beneficial policies and practices; communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences; and providing training, technical assistance and leadership development. Zero to Three is a national non-profit organization. Zero to Three, National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, 202.638.1144. For Publications from our bookstore:800.899.4301 or www.zerotothree.org or 0to3@presswarehouse.com

With Kids-In-Mind, the movie reviews are objective, non-critical assessments of the potentially objectionable material contained in movies and are primarily addressed to parents. They don't tell parents whether a movie is good or bad, they don't tell them whether it has any social or political significance -- they don't even bother with whether it has artistic merit. They simply list material that parents may not want their kids to watch or hear. Then parents can decide whether a movie is OK for their own kids, according to their own criteria. The writing style is straightforward and quite neutral, and they take great pains to describe a film's content without actually revealing any plot elements. This is not religiously-based movie reviews. www.kids-in-mind.com or Letters@kids-in-mind.com MORE

Adults and Children Together--Against Violence is a violence-prevention campaign composed of a national multimedia campaign and community-based training programs. The campaign focuses on adults who raise, care for, and teach children ages 0 to 8 years. It is designed to prevent violence by providing young children with positive role models and environments that teach nonviolent problem solving.

ACT Against Violence Project Rationale: Violent behavior is largely learned--often early in life; Violence prevention can be learned--starting early in life; Adults shape the learning environment for young children; Adults can learn how to model and teach young children constructive ways to cope with anger, frustration, and conflict. www.actagainstviolence.org

The Society for Human Sexuality is a social and educational organization whose purpose is to promote understanding and appreciation for the many forms of adult intimate relationships and consensual sexual expression. Participation is open to anyone over the age of 18, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. This web site is devoted solely to sexuality education and information, and is completely free. It meets its operating expenses through five carefully-chosen associate's programs. http://sexuality.org

platonicparenting.com came about from the belief that sexual compatibility united and strengthened the family unit. However, sexual incompatibility was likely to divide families and create potential for children to experience insecurity and instability. By removing the biggest single factor causing parental conflict family break down and child insecurity could be drastically reduced. Our mission, therefore, is to introduce like minded men and women searching for a suitable parenting partner without the sexual commitment. So, platonicparenting.com was established in 1994 as the worlds first and only self help platonic parenting partner information service. The service continues today to run as a self help group, and remains the worlds only dedicated information resource and point of contact for those seeking a compatible platonic parenting partner.

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