Neil Irvin brings over 25 years of youth development and leadership experience to his position as Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape. Promoted from his roles as Senior Director of Programs, a position he held since 2008, following five years as Director of Community Education. He joined Men Can Stop Rape in 2001.
Over the past ten years Neil’s grown MCSR’s curriculum-based youth program from one school in Washington, DC to over 100 locations in ten states throughout the country, He’s also played an instrumental role in our partnerships with local and national organizations doing this work.
As Executive Director, Irvin will be responsible for continuing Men Can Stop Rape’s national work in the field of primary prevention of men’s violence against women, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies and private and corporate foundations. He will oversee all programs of the twelve year old non-profit which include its award-winning youth program the Men of Strength Club, its college program Campus Strength, its Strength Trainings for youth-serving professionals, and its “My Strength” public awareness campaign.
Irvin played a critical role in Men Can Stop Rape’s partnership with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault in 2005, which established a $2 million comprehensive social marketing campaign and programming throughout California. In 2007, he led MCSR’s Strong Movesinitiative to place the Men of Strength Club in every public high school in the District of Columbia, the largest city-wide effort of its kind in the country.
Identified by the Centers for Disease Control as a “promising practice,” the Men of Strength Club, or MOST Club, provides male teens with a structured space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships. Now in its 12th year, Men Can Stop Rape’s middle school and high school curriculum is currently in 18 states with over 100 locations and are taught in schools throughout California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina to name a few.
Well known throughout the country in the field of youth development and gender-based violence prevention, Irvin has served as a consultant to The White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls, the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Department of Justice National Advisory Committee member, Inaugural member of the Move to End Violence cohort, Boys and Girls Club of America, Ford Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Liz Claiborne Foundation. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and has been a regular lecturer at American University, George Washington University, and Howard University. Prior to joining MCSR, he worked for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents. He is trained in group dynamics and facilitation, along with crisis intervention and one-to-one counseling. He is a state certified sex educator as well as a certified S.H.A.R.P. (sexual health and responsibility program) trainer. His experience covers all ages and genders, though the majority of his training and work has focused on middle and high school boys.