About GameChangers

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.

GameChangers is funded through a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women.

Become a Mentor! Click HERE to apply. 

The YWCA is always ready to welcome new volunteers to serve as GameChangers mentors!  If you are interested, and meet the requirements listed below, please fill out the online application here and a GameChangers staff member will be in touch soon.


  • Adult male
  • Willing to commit to 2 hours/week for a minimum of 14 weeks
  • Willing to submit to a background check
  • Willing to attend a 5-hour initial training and several in-service trainings
  • Access to reliable transportation

Interested in hosting GameChangers at your school, community center, or other organization?  Please contact Ally Johnson: aejohnson@ywcaknox.com.

GameChangers Staff

Ally Johnson
Community Relations Coordinator

As Community Relations Coordinator, Ally Johnson coordinates community outreach for GameChangers, serves as volunteer coordinator, and supports the development department with special events.  Ally joined the YWCA in 2017.

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Kendrick Tate
Mentor Coordinator

As a Coordinator, Kendrick Tate provides leadership in mentor recruitment and assist in development related to the delivery of the GameChangers program.

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Donald Black
Mentor Coordinator

As a Coordinator, Donald Black provides leadership in mentor recruitment and assist in development related to the delivery of the GameChangers program.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-CY-AX-0013 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.

Current & Past Partners

The YWCA gratefully acknowledges the numerous community partners and sites that have served as hosts and partners for GameChangers: 100 Black Men of Greater KnoxvilleBig Brothers, Big Sisters of East TennesseeEmerald Youth FoundationKnoxville Area Urban League, Great Schools PartnershipCity of Knoxville Save Our Sons InitiativeCentro Hispano de East TennesseeKnox County SchoolsKnox County District Attorney General’s Office, and Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking.