Since 2016, Child Trends has collaborated with Promundo and the Latin American Youth Center to evaluate the Manhood 2.0 program, an adaptation of Promundo’s internationally recognized Program H curriculum. Manhood 2.0 encourages adolescent and young adult males, ages 16 to 22, to discuss gender norms, masculinity, and fatherhood as a gateway to a broader discussion about contraceptive use, violence, and teen pregnancy prevention. For this pilot study of Manhood 2.0, young men were recruited through a local youth center, high schools, and from the broader metropolitan community of Washington, DC.

Related Documents

Manhood 2.0: Program Overview and Final Results

This program overview provides a description of the Manhood 2.0 program, challenges and lessons learned, and key evaluation findings. It is intended to be a summary of experiences piloting and evaluating an adolescent pregnancy prevention program for young men, adapted from the Global South and implemented in Washington, DC. This program overview aims to share knowledge with program implementers to design and implement programs for young men utilizing similar approaches to promoting positive masculinities and gender equality.

Brief: Findings and Lessons Learned from an Evaluation of a Community-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Young Men

This brief provides an introduction to the Manhood 2.0 intervention, describes Child Trends’ approach to evaluating Manhood 2.0, and provides implementation and evaluation successes and lessons learned for program evaluators and implementors in the teen pregnancy prevention field.

Brief: Measuring Gender Attitudes and Norms among Adolescent and Young Adult Males in the United States

This brief provides program developers, implementers, and evaluators with survey items and outcome measures to consider when assessing participants’ attitudes around gender norms. Findings are based on an analysis of underlying gender norm and attitude factors drawn from Child Trends’ evaluation of Manhood 2.0, an innovative teen pregnancy prevention program developed by Promundo for young men.

Brief: Young Men’s Experiences in a Pregnancy Prevention Program for Males

This brief describes qualitative findings from focus groups with young men who participated in the Manhood 2.0 program. Key themes highlight young men’s experiences discussing topics of rigid gender norms, masculinity, power, and pregnancy prevention, as well as how young men’s life experiences may influence their responses to a teen pregnancy prevention program. The brief also presents what participants reported they learned during the program, as well as their opinions on the delivery of the program and their relationships with the facilitators.

Blog: Men Want to Learn More about Safer and Consensual Sex, According to Manhood 2.0 Program Evaluation in Washington, DC

This blog describes key findings from the Manhood 2.0 pilot evaluation and provides a brief overview of the Manhood 2.0 program. Key findings include that young men who participated in the program report more confidence in communicating with partners about contraception, have an increased understanding of sexual and reproductive health, and offer more support for partners’ pregnancy prevention efforts as compared to participants in a control group.

Blog: Young men play an important role in pregnancy prevention

Unplanned pregnancy can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of young men. However, few initiatives focused on reducing teen pregnancy include men in pregnancy planning and prevention efforts. This blog highlights promising strategies from Manhood 2.0 that other programs can use to improve young men’s communication with sex partners about birth control and pregnancy, as well as young men’s ability to accurately report their partner’s contraceptive use.

Blog: Preventing sexual violence starts with what we teach our boys

Women are often given advice about sexual violence prevention, but neither women nor men receive much formal education on the topic. This blog highlights programs such as Manhood 2.0 that emphasize, as a primary prevention strategy, how conventional gender norms contribute to sexual violence perpetration.

Roundtable Presentation: Engaging Young Men in Pregnancy Prevention

  • Presented at Healthy Teen Network’s 2017 Annual Conference, October 3-4, 2017, by Jenita Parekh, Jane Kato-Wallace, Jennifer Manlove, and Makedah Johnson
  • Description: Many economically disadvantaged teen and young adult men become parents without planning to and often before finishing high school, becoming employed, or entering a stable relationship. These males may continue to have children with new partners, creating complex family structures and limited resources for their children. This roundtable presentation explored factors that contribute to the disconnect between young men’s desires to avoid unplanned pregnancies and their sexual and contraceptive use behaviors, and how to develop innovative strategies that engage men in pregnancy prevention.