Programming Connection

Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) 

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)
Toronto, Ontario
2011

What is the program?

Many Men, Many Voices, more commonly known as 3MV, is a three-day retreat-style workshop designed to build community and enhance self-esteem related to racial and sexual identity among young Black men in Toronto ages 16-29 who identify as gay, bisexual and/or transgender (GBT). The program aims to address factors that may contribute to HIV and STI risk, including:

  • Cultural, social and religious norms
  • Interactions between HIV and other STIs
  • Sexual relationship dynamics
  • The influences of racism and homophobia on sexual risk behaviour

3MV is delivered by Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)—a Toronto-based organization that works to reduce HIV/AIDS in Toronto’s Black, African and Caribbean communities and to enhance the quality of life of Black people living with HIV/AIDS. It is based on an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention disseminated across the United States through the Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions project (DEBI).

The Black CAP version of 3MV builds on the core elements of the original program and has included new features that offer tools to help address the social, emotional and psychological drivers for unsafe sex (e.g. depression, stress, anxiety and internalized homophobia), such as “self-actualization” techniques and a non-denominational spiritually-themed closure ceremony.

Further, the program engages older Black GBT as mentors and provides participants with opportunities to connect with clinical counsellors who are experienced in working with Black GBT youth. The resulting enhanced program focuses on reinforcing participants’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours to make them more resilient.