In this episode I am joined by three inspiring members of Next Gen Men:
Jake Stika, Jonathon Reed and German Villegas.
As Next Gen Men's Executive Director, Jake is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men in communities, and gender equity in workplaces. Jake was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He has spoken at the United Nations as part of the Canadian Delegation and participated in the UN Women Safe Cities Initiative Global Forum.
Jonathon has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education focused on boyhood masculinities. With a background in activism, he seeks to empower young people to think critically and make their voices heard. Jonathon is a longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ youth and has years of experience working with boys to expand definitions of masculinity. He coordinates and facilitates Next Gen Men’s youth programs, is a member of the National Youth Working Group on Gender Equality and Men Engage Youth Reference Group, and creates a podcast centred on the inner lives of boys called Breaking the Boy Code.
And German is an immigrant that has lived in Canada for 30 years. He cares a lot about systemic issues of gender and masculinity. He is a board member with Next Gen Men and is also the Producer of The Modern Manhood podcast - a podcast about the many ways masculinity is performed that affects all of us.
Our interview was over an hour long and has been broken down into two parts. This episode covers the idea of multiple masculinities, how boys are affected by society's idea of what it means to Be a Man, and the work that can be done early to take steps towards gender equity and violence prevention.