PORTLAND – The Men’s Resource Center of Southern Maine, a nonprofit program committed to supporting men, boys and fathers and opposing violence, presented a leadership training seminar for peer-led men’s groups known as Male Peace recently.

Male Peace was designed to inspire and support men in the promotion of peaceful relationships and the discovery of new ways to handle anger and issues of intimacy. The leadership program centers on MRC’s vision of Male Heart, which works to provide safe ways for men to be centered in emotional intelligence and compassion. The nearly 20 men at the training will be able to apply the information as it relates to their personal lives and to community education as leaders of Male Peace groups.

The training was made possible through a grant by the Maine Community Foundation Community Grants Program. For more information, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.mainecf.org or call toll-free 1-877-700-6800.

The center also honored four members of the community for their work in the lives of men and boys. The award recipients are Ned Chester, an advocate of juveniles living in the Long Creek Youth Center; Layne Gregory, co-founder of Boys to Men; Tom Allen, social worker and treatment coordinator at Mercy Hospital Recovery Center, for his guidance and professional expertise in the development of Male Peace; and Bruce Webber, an area social worker in the mental health field, who served as one of the first Male Peace peer-leaders.

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