The H.O.P.E. Foundation

For a better tomorrow

better men initiative

Building better men for today, and a better world for tomorrow. Because the world needs better men, because the world needs a better way.

r.e.a.l. man program

A program designed for middle school, high school and college-aged males, The R.E.A.L. Man Program has been utilized by athletics programs, schools, and youth-development organizations all across the United States.

BETTER MEN INITIATIVE

The Better Men Initiative is designed to build better men for today, and a better world for tomorrow. The Better Men Initiative works actively with young males, young adults, and men of all ages, to promote awareness, education, respect, and responsible social action. The BMI's aims include:

  • Striving to promote the positive development of men
  • Striving to create a better and safer society

This is accomplished through social-action initiatives designed to provide:

  • Domestic Violence Education and Prevention
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
  • Positive Direction and Guidance for Young Men

The BMI works closely with athletic coaches, educators and youth mentors in order to provide free resources and materials that promote positive character development in students, athletes, and young people in all walks of life. Outreach work is performed throughout the year, helping to promote positive messages of authentic manhood to a society deeply in need of such guidance.

 

Specific efforts are undertaken during the months of April and October (which are designated as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month" and "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," respectively). Spring and fall awareness efforts help to bring attention to important issues, educated young men (and those who lead them) about the pressing concerns of our country and culture, and help to challenge negative ways of thinking and destructive patterns of behavior by replacing them with positive attitudes and responsible methods for action.

r.e.a.l. man program

The R.E.A.L. Man Program is designed for middle school, high school, and college-aged males. It has been utilized by athletics programs, schools, and youth-development organizations all across the country. DiCocco created the R.E.A.L. Man Program and comprehensive character-education curriculum specifically for young men. It was developed for and implemented by the National Football League's Youth Impact Program, which works with at-risk inner-city students in partnership with college and professional football teams.