GameChangers is funded through a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women. GameChangers is on its second round of funding for this project. GameChangers is the only gender-based violence prevention program for middle-school boys in East Tennessee and, through evaluation, will become the only evidence-based program in the United States focused on these topics. GameChangers uses a group mentoring structure, with each group of participants being led by two adult mentors.  The program teaches middle school boys about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and about how they can help prevent violence against women and girls.

To keep up-to-date with everything GameChangers, check out our blog HERE.


We are always in search of committed men to volunteer as GameChangers mentors! If you are interested and meet the requirements, please fill out the application HERE and a GameChangers team member will be in touch.

You can also contact Don Black at OR Kendrick Tate at


  • Adult male
  • Willing to commit to two hours for a minimum of 14 weeks
  • Willing to submit a background check
  • Willing to attend a 5-hour initial training and several in-service trainings
  • Has access to reliable transportation

Ally Johnson at

The YWCA is thankful for our four original partners in this project: 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville; Big Brothers, Big Sisters of East Tennessee; Emerald Youth Foundation; and the Knoxville Area Urban League.

The YWCA is excited about the addition of six more partners: Great Schools Partnership, City of Knoxville Save Our Sons Initiative, Centro Hispano de East Tennessee, Knox County Schools, Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, and Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-CY-AX-K003 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibit are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.













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