Friends of B.I.G.

Below you will find a variety of links to sites where you may find useful information. The links are grouped by audience, so if you are a boy, parent, or professional, click the appropriate link, and you will have numerous resources at your disposal. If you know of additional links that are not found here, feel free to contact Dr. Miller at boysinstitute@sbcglobal.net and send him the link directly.

For Boys

For Caregivers

For Professionals

 

For Boys

Teen Activism

YouthNoise (www.youthnoise.com): YouthNoise is a youth-oriented website created in 2001 as a place for teens to talk about various issues and raise money for different causes, among other things. The issues discussed range from economy, government, education, animal rights, tolerance, media, environment, health, poverty, war, peace, violence, spirituality, and more.

Teen Volunteers in Action (www.tvia.org): TVIA is a San Diego-based organization of young men who, together with their families, participate in structured programs of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal development. It is through these programs that these young men will grow up to become strong community leaders. TVIA’s membership includes those in grades 7th through 12th, with the purpose being exclusively educational and charitable. The volunteer opportunities for teens involve active, hands-on service in the community.

For Caregivers

Child Bereavement

Camp Hope (www.camphopeca.com): Camp Hope, located just outside of San Jose, is a free weekend camp for children, ages 6 to 16, who have experienced the loss of a significant loved one. Children who attend Camp Hope live primarily in the northern California area, but many San Diego area children have attended as well. The mission of Camp Hope is to provide a safe environment for grieving kids and teens as they share memories, make new friends, and have fun. Attending camp gives these children the opportunity to be with other children who understand their unique experience. They tend to feel less alone and can begin to develop hope for the future. Camp Hope is staffed by volunteers who have all experienced loss in their own lives. This unique perspective allows them to easily connect and help the children as they move through the grieving process. Attending Camp Hope is about sharing memories, making new friends, expressing feelings, trying new activities, having fun, receiving support, and learning that one is never alone in their grief.

Divorce

Cooperative Parenting (www.parentsturn.com): Cooperative Parenting focuses on the relationships between and among adults who are separated, divorced, or never married who are rearing their children in two households.

Father-Specific

The National Center for Fathering (www.fathers.com): The mission of the National Center for Fathering is to improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping men to be more effectively involved in the lives of children. In response to a dramatic trend towards fatherlessness in America, the Center was founded in 1990 by Dr. Ken Canfield to conduct research on fathers and fathering, and to develop practical resources to prepare dads for nearly every fathering situation.

Gender

The Institute for Girls’ Development (www.instituteforgirlsdevelopment.com): Based in Pasadena, California, The Institute for Girls’ Development is dedicated to helping girls grow through self-discovery, hardiness skills, growth-fostering relationships, and empowerment. It offers caring, comprehensive, and innovative programs and services for girls, their families, and their circles of community.

Boys Adrift (www.boysadrift.com/home.php): Dr. Leonard Sax’s site dedicated to his book, Boys Adrift, which combines the very latest research and Sax’s vast experience with boys and their families. Sax argues that a combination of social and biological factors is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Misguided overemphasis on reading and math as early as kindergarten, too much time spent playing video games, over-reliance on medication for attention deficit disorders (much more common in boys than in girls), and overlooked endocrine disturbances may actually causing damage to boys’ brains, and Sax discusses the implications.

Why Gender Matters (www.whygendermatters.com): Dr. Leonard Sax is the founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education. His first book, Why Gender Matters: What parents and teachers need to know about the emerging science of sex differences was published in 2005. His book presents compelling data (and implications) on females/male brain differences, risk-taking behavior, aggression, school, sex, drugs, and discipline.

Marital/Relationship Difficulties

The Relationship Training Institute (www.rtiprojects.org): The Relationship Training Institute (RTI) provides ?training, consultation, treatment, and research in the field of relationship development and relationship enhancement. RTI offers state-of-the-art training programs for mental health professionals and for the public, bringing innovative leaders and teachers to the San Diego community. RTI staff also travel throughout the world training professionals in the treatment models that we have been developing and publishing for over 20 years. RTI also offers outstanding court-certified treatment and consultation programs for all forms of relationship conflict and relationship violence, including domestic violence, child abuse, sexual offenses, stalking, and anger management/general violence.

Youth Activism

Teen Volunteers in Action (www.tvia.org): TVIA is a San Diego-based organization of young men who, together with their families, participate in structured programs of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal development. It is through these programs that these young men will grow up to become strong community leaders. TVIA’s membership includes those in grades 7th through 12th, with the purpose being exclusively educational and charitable. The volunteer opportunities for teens involve active, hands-on service in the community.

Youth Mentorship

ClubXcite (www.exciteway.com): ClubXcite is dedicated to assisting families who need a helping hand in educating, mentoring, or just involving their children in athletic, academic or social activities.

Youth Development

Social Advocates for Youth (www.saysandiego.org): SAY San Diego is a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the positive development of young people, their families, and communities in San Diego County. SAY's primary services include: Delinquency Prevention and Juvenile Diversion; Before and After School Programs and Licensed Child Care for school age children; Family Support and Development Services; Health Promotion Services; Community Development and Collaboration; School Readiness and Support Services; Child Abuse Prevention program; Drug Prevention Services and Mental Health Services.

For Professionals

The links below may be utilized as good educational resources, as well as resources for the individuals and families with whom you work.

Divorce

Cooperative Parenting (www.parentsturn.com): Cooperative Parenting focuses on the relationships between and among adults who are separated, divorced, or never married who are rearing their children in two households.

Gender

The Institute for Girls’ Development (www.instituteforgirlsdevelopment.com): Based in Pasadena, California, The Institute for Girls’ Development is dedicated to helping girls grow through self-discovery, hardiness skills, growth-fostering relationships, and empowerment. It offers caring, comprehensive, and innovative programs and services for girls, their families, and their circles of community.

Boyhood Studies (www.boyhoodstudies.com): This website provides a venue for the inclusive study of boyhood, young males, and the social-cultural position of boys worldwide, as well as historically. A new peer-reviewed journal by the name of THYMOS was published as of Spring 2007 and contains pages of references.

Boys Adrift (www.boysadrift.com/home.php): Dr. Leonard Sax’s site dedicated to his book, Boys Adrift, which combines the very latest research and Sax’s vast experience with boys and their families. Sax argues that a combination of social and biological factors is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Misguided overemphasis on reading and math as early as kindergarten, too much time spent playing video games, over-reliance on medication for attention deficit disorders (much more common in boys than in girls), and overlooked endocrine disturbances may actually causing damage to boys’ brains, and Sax discusses the implications.

Why Gender Matters (www.whygendermatters.com): Dr. Leonard Sax is the founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education. His first book, Why Gender Matters: What parents and teachers need to know about the emerging science of sex differences was published in 2005. His book presents compelling data (and implications) on females/male brain differences, risk-taking behavior, aggression, school, sex, drugs, and discipline.

Training

The Relationship Training Institute (www.rtiprojects.org): The Relationship Training Institute (RTI) provides training, consultation, treatment, and research in the field of relationship development and relationship enhancement. RTI offers state-of-the-art training programs for mental health professionals and for the public, bringing innovative leaders and teachers to the San Diego community. RTI staff also travel throughout the world training professionals in the treatment models that we have been developing and publishing for over 20 years. RTI also offers outstanding court-certified treatment and consultation programs for all forms of relationship conflict and relationship violence, including domestic violence, child abuse, sexual offenses, stalking, and anger management/general.