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Registration open for Voices of Men’s Call to Action event

Menasha, Wis. — Registration is open for the ninth annual Call to Action event hosted by Fox Valley Voices of Men, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton.

Registration is $20 per seat for the annual event, with free registration for students and their chaperones. To register online, go to: http://bit.ly/VoicesOfMen2018.

The program for the annual Call to Action event runs 8-9:30 a.m., with a Q/A session with keynote speakers 9:30-10 a.m. Light refreshments will be served at the event.

The event will be livestreamed on the Voices of Men website (www.voicesofmen.com), and it also will be available in recorded form.

Voices of Men, a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, provides training and messaging for males of all ages to create a more respectful, safer world.

Voices of Men was launched in 2007 as an initiative of four Fox Valley domestic abuse and sexual assault programs: Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services (Oshkosh), Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program (Appleton), Reach Counseling (Neenah-Oshkosh), and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center (Appleton).

While those programs generally serve a female population, the issue of sexual assault and domestic abuse is generally a male-population issue. Multiple studies show that approximately 90 percent of sexual assault and domestic violence perpetrators are men.

Voices of Men’s mission statement is: “Fox Valley men helping end sexual assault and domestic violence by dismantling Man Box culture and building a culture of Healthy Manhood.”

The event, which usually attracts an audience of 1,000 people from Fox Valley schools, organizations and businesses, will be led by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator. A native of the La Crosse area, Guante has performed at previous Call to Action events.

Guante, now based in Twin Cities, creates challenging and often uncomfortable work, defying societal norms on treatment of, and attitudes toward, women.

According to Guante’s website (www.guante.info), “Guante strives to cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency. An educator as well as a performing artist, Guante completed his master’s studies in 2016 at the University of Minnesota with a focus on spoken word, critical pedagogy, and social justice education; in that spirit, his performances use poems as jumping-off points for authentic dialogue, critical thinking and community-building.”

Voices of Men became a program of Goodwill NCW in September 2016. It is guided by a leadership team that includes executive directors of its founding agencies, 10 volunteers and Goodwill NCW.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of 72,937 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website, and www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites in the Fox Cities and Green Bay, and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of GuideStar.org, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

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